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Top Tips to Raise a Well-Mannered Child

November 15th, 2017
Lisa L.
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Top Tips to Raise a Well-Mannered Child
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"Good manners and kindness are always in fashion."
Sometimes we assume that our children will just soak in good manners by watching people.

That’s part of the problem: they see the good manners, but often copy the bad ones!

If you want a child that has good manners, it’s rather simple:

Model good manners

Teach manners on purpose

Practise them wherever you go.

1. Model good manners

Your child copies most everything you say and do. Manners come easily in the same way: by watching you. (Kinda scary, right?)
It’s never too late to begin. It won’t be long before you will see the results.

2. Teach good manners

Start teaching them -- and start young! If a toddler can say "treat", she can say "please."

Reading books with your child is a great way to start.
Here are some books about manners that you can read with young children:

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/common-sense-media/6-books-that-teach-presch_b_7757422.html

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/kids/mind-your-manners-7-funny-picture-books-that-teach-etiquette/

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=manners+books+children
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3. Help your child practise good manners

Make a short list of family manners.
Of all the etiquette tips, which ones are the most important to your family? Saying "please and thank you?" Using the correct fork for dessert? Not interrupting?

Model, teach and practise the things that you consider important in your home. Praise the good when it happens!

Here’s a list of positive, polite habits to consider. Choose a few, make your list, and get started!

• Say please and thank you
• Don’t interrupt
• Keep negative opinions to yourself
• Don’t comment on other people’s features unless you are complimenting them
• Answer people when they speak to you
• Knock on closed doors
• Write thank you notes for gifts
• Don’t use foul language
• Don’t call people mean names
• Don’t make fun of people
• If you bump into somebody, immediately say "excuse me"
• Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
• Don’t pick your nose in public
• Do favours without grumbling
• Apologize
• Smile and have a good attitude
• Say "excuse me"
• Share
• Treat others the way you want to be treated
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Please share a few of your must-have manners!

Lisa x

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