Teaching good manners is a way to help children connect with other people — especially people they may have just met. It may take some time to instill good manners in children, but with perseverance, it can be done.
Why Do Children Need to Learn Good Manners?
Children need to learn good manners from an early age so they’ll repeat them throughout their lives and to get along with other people, whether they’re strangers, parents, or extended family members. Having good manners will make your child stand out in a crowd because, unfortunately, teaching good behavior seems to be a thing of the past. When children demonstrate good manners, they are also demonstrating respect for the people around them.
While a five-year-old may not need to make a good impression, having good manners will get positive attention from people, helping to reinforce the manners they are learning. As they get older, when they do need to make good impressions on people, their good manners will shine through and people will remember them for their politeness. Whether it’s at school, at church, or meeting a friend’s parents, demonstrating good manners will make a lasting impression.
What Manners Should Children Learn?
There are many manners children can start learning from the time they learn how to speak.
Most of these manners will be verbal, such as saying the following:
Another manner children should learn from an early age is to send a thank you note whenever they receive a gift, whether it was from a friend or a grandparent. They should also never use foul language, refrain from using potty humor in front of others, and cover their mouths or noses with an elbow when they cough or sneeze. These are just a few manners young children should learn.