So you want a well-mannered kid? It’s actually not that hard. But there is a catch; you have to be well-behaved yourself...
Learning about good manners is a process that takes time, practice, and a great role model – you. If you give praise, say please and thank you, 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.
It’s 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 your kid and pass on any compliments he/she may get for being polite
- Teach and practice through role- play
- Have age appropriate expectations and keep in mind that any child needs some time to become comfortable with other people.
- Pressure doesn’t work, but reminders do.
From remembering to say thank you, to sharing, it will take many years of etiquette exposure (and many reminders) before your child matures into someone who’s polite company. But he or she will get there soon enough.