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There are a lot of manners to learn; all the thank yous, greetings, saying good bye, getting gifts, table manners, and last but not least, blowing your nose using tissue.
Having good manners is a process that takes time, practice, and a great role model – you. If you share praise, say please and thank yous you’re almost there. If you treat even the youngest with respect, make eye contact, pay attention when the child speaks, treat his belongings with care and respect, they will learn to do the same.
It is that simple. If heard often enough please, thank you and excuse me can become second nature.
Here are some things you can do to boost good manners:
- Compliment and pass on any compliments your kid gets for being polite.
- Teach and practice through role playing.
- Have age appropriate expectations and keep in mind that any child needs some time to become comfortable with other people.
- Pressure is no use, but reminders are.
From remembering saying thank you to sharing, it will take many years of etiquette exposure (and many reminders) before your child matures into polite company. But he or she will get there soon enough.
Written by Libero
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