Saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You.’
This is one of the first basic manners to teach your child. The importance of saying ‘please’ when asking for something and ‘thank you’ when receiving something should be instilled in their minds.
Asking before Taking Anything
Children should learn to ask permission before taking anything that is not theirs – even with people like Mom and Dad. They should also be taught to return anything they have borrowed with proper thanks.
Along with ‘please’ and ‘thank you’, saying sorry when they have done something wrong is also an important habit to instill in your child. They should know when and where to say sorry .
Knocking on Doors before Entering
Kids should be taught that privacy is paramount, especially at home. They should know that it is respectful to knock on someone’s door and ask permission before entering the room. Doing so in front of your kids will help them pick it up as a good habit.
Covering One’s Mouth when sneezing or Coughing
Teach your kids to cover their mouths when they sneeze or cough politely
Saying ‘Excuse me’
This is another basic critical manner. Children are naturally impatient, and so they have to be taught to say excuse me and ask permission to talk.
Not Making Fun of People
This should be taught very early on as if it is not; children might think it is okay to make fun of people. They should be taught that it is never okay to hurt someone’s feelings by making fun of them in public or private.
Your child should know how to talk on the phone and also be silent and listen when someone on the other end is talking. This will help make her leave a good impression on people.
Show Respect to Elders
Adults have lived for a long time, and kids should be taught that experience leads to wisdom and wisdom leads to respect. They should be taught to show respect to their parents, grandparents, teachers and other adults they move around with.
Learn and Remember People’s Names
Using and remembering someone’s name shows that you have made an effort to recognize and remember them. Teach your kid to remember a friend’s name or family member’s name by using it often with him or her.
Don’t Point or Stare at People
To teach your kids that pointing and staring at someone is rude, tell them that if they point at someone, three fingers will always point back at them.
Be Kind to People with Disabilities
Children are naturally curious about everything. So if they see a person with some disability, they would point and stare, ask questions loudly or even be scared. They should be taught that such people with disabilities are just like everyone else and should be treated with the same consideration.
Be a Good Guest
Teach your kids to be considerate and polite when visiting their friend’s homes. Kids should also be taught to greet hosts well when visiting their homes.
Having a Conversation, the Right Way
Children should learn that yelling, shouting and screaming are not the right ways to communicate, as it gives a wrong impression to people. You can help your child to learn this by doing the same in front of them.
Being Compassionate and Helpful
Learning to show compassion and being helpful are gifts that your children should learn as habits. It will make them feel really good about themselves and also well-liked by other people.
Learn to Share
This habit becomes very important for kids when they play with other kids or their siblings. They should be taught that sharing is caring and how to share their toys or food.
Clean Up after Themselves
Kids many times are messy eaters or don’t put away their clothes or toys properly after using them.
Start teaching kids how to be honest and not tell any lies from a young age. These are core values which need to be inculcated in your children.
Establish Eye Contact with Others
Keeping eye contact while having a conversation indicates social confidence and respect for people. Teach this to your kids by spending quality time with them and practicing eye contact while speaking.
Never Use Foul Language
Foul language is highly disrespectful and unpleasant. Kids should be taught never to use foul language in front of anyone, even if they have heard it on TV or outside somewhere. It is an essential habit to learn.