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10 Manners Children Should Know

Posted by Kim Schlauch on Mar 24, 2015 3:00:00 PM

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When interacting with others, manners matter.  Among other things, practicing good manners offers the opportunity to make a good impression as well as to express gratitude and respect.Here are 10 manners children should know:

  1. Be Courteous During Conversations.  When speaking to others, especially adults, maintain eye contact and be present (stay engaged).  Be respectful and allow the other person to finish a thought before you begin speaking.  Do not interrupt, unless it is an emergency.  In that case, remember to say “excuse me” before cutting in.  And always  remember to say “please” and “thank you.”

  2. Make Mealtime a Pleasant Experience.  Practice good table manners, including not talking while chewing your food, keeping your mouth closed when you chew, politely passing things when asked and requesting permission to be excused when finished.family eating

  3. Leave a Place in Better Condition Than When You Arrived.  Pick up after yourself.  If you make a mess, clean it up.  Leave no evidence of your presence afterwards unless it somehow benefits the person who will be coming in behind you.

  4. Be Polite to Those Who Serve.  Show respect for the cashier at the grocery store, the waiter or waitress or bus driver by making eye contact, offering a smile, refraining from using your phone when interacting with them, and remembering to say “thank you.”

  5. Be a Gracious Host.  Make your guests feel welcome, ask to take their coats, offer refreshments, initiate a conversation with them.

  6. Be a Good Guest. Respect the household rules of your host, do not help yourself to food without it being offered, do not enter an area of the house you are not invited into, remember to say “thank you” when leaving.

  7. Be a Thankful Receiver. When receiving a gift, accept it graciously with a verbal “thank you,” refrain from making any negative comments about the gift, and follow up with a thank you note or e-mail.

  8. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, Don’t Say It At All.  Keep negative and potentially hurtful opinions to yourself.  If what you have to say is necessary, offer your feedback in a constructive and respectful manner.

  9. Remember to Maintain Manners Whether In-Person or On-Line.  When you turn on a device, it’s important to remember not to turn off your manners.  Adhere to proper texting and cell phone etiquette   And remember, the person in front of you should take precedence over the one who is texting or calling, unless it is an emergency.

  10. Love Others.  This point is the motivation for carrying out all the other suggestions.  The Greatest Commandment tells us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22: 36-40).  Practice the art of putting others first.  Hold the door open for others.  Lend a hand.  Offer that last cookie or your own seat to someone else.  Ultimately, treat others in a way that you would want to be treated. 

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Keep in mind the best way to get your child to pick up these manners is to practice them yourself!

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About the Author

Kim is the blog content manager at Liberty Christian School. She has professional experience in the fields of business and education and hands-on experience as the mother of two school-age children. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with her family, and anything chocolate.