Please and thank you – how to get your little ones to practice good manners

Children aren’t rude by nature. Sometimes they just don’t realise that it’s impolite to make fun of people, interrupt people when they’re speaking or not to say thank you when they receive a gift.

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If you want to raise a polite and well-liked child, reinforce these 10 must-do manners:

  1. Teach your child to say “Please” when she asks for something.
  2. Teach her to say “Thank you” when she receives something.
  3. A very important one to teach kids is not to interrupt grown-ups when they are talking to each other, unless there is an emergency. Tell your little one that you will listen to her and respond to her as soon as you are done talking.
  4. Explain to your child that it’s not polite to comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless it’s to compliment them. Also it’s not nice to call people mean names.
  5. Teach your little one to tell people how she is when they ask, and to then ask them how they are in return.
  6. If your child went to a friend’s house for a play date or sleepover, teach her to thank her friend’s parents for having her over.
  7. Knock on closed doors and wait for a response before entering.
  8. Teach your child that teasing is not polite and that she shouldn’t make fun of anyone for any reason.
  9. Teach your little one to say “Excuse me” if she bumps into anyone.
  10. A very important one to teach little ones is to cover their mouth when they’re coughing or sneezing, and not to pick their nose in public.

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