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Teaching Your Children Manners

May 8, 2008
Manners are something that most people learned at a young age and remained with them the rest of their lives. You can begin teaching a child manners as soon as he is old enough to understand you.

One of the first things that most parents teach their young children is to say "please" and "thank you." You can also teach them to say "you're welcome" when someone thanks them. You should explain that all these phrases display respect and appreciation.

Not interrupting when other people are speaking is also something that most parents teach children at a very young age. You should explain to the child that no one can understand what is being said if too many people are talking at the same time. You should also explain that he should quietly wait his turn. You can place your arm around the child to assure him that you are aware that he is being patient. When it is the child's turn to speak, pay attention to what he is saying. Point out that not interrupting is a way of showing respect to the person who is speaking and shows an interest in what they are saying.

Other good manners that you can teach your child include the rule of no name calling. Explain to your child that even if it is meant in fun, name calling is disrespectful and can hurt the other person's feelings. Reinforce the idea that your child should not make fun of other children, especially in regard to their appearance or other factors that the other child cannot help. This would be a good time to have a discussion with your child about disabled people, be it mentally or physically. Your child should learn not to stare at a disabled individual or to ask them embarrassing questions, although most disabled people will usually appreciate the fact that your child is young and answer any questions as best they can. You should teach your child to show the same respect to these individuals as they do to everyone else.

A child should also be taught to greet anyone who visits your house. You should explain to them that by greeting people, this makes the guest feel welcomed and comfortable in your home.

Cleaning up after himself whether at home or at a friend's house is is an early step to teaching a child to take responsibility. You should explain to a child that it is polite to clean up any mess before you leave someone's house as well as your own. It also shows respect for the person's house.

You should also teach your child to be a good sport. If he wins a game, tell him to encourage the child who lost, while if he loses then he should congratulate the winner and not sulk over it. Stress the fact that 'it is only a game."

Manners are an important tool for children to have as they grow into adults. Teaching your child to respect other people and their feelings is a key element that will allow your child to grow into a warm and caring adult.
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