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Good manners are essential for every child’s self confidence and success in life.
The family home – this is where it starts, where the ‘manners seed’ is planted and nurtured.This is where your children learn not only good manners, but also core values and ethics.This is the haven where your children learn to be considerate, tolerant and respectful.They learn to share and to respect the space of all other family members.This is the place where your children put into practice the foundation of all the social etiquette they will need to carry them through life.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. NKJV
I don’t think this verse is just for spiritual things. Those social graces that are taught in the home will be with our kids all their lives, too. Wow, heavy stuff. So is this just another task that has to be done?
How do I fit another thing in between the grocery shopping, homeschooling, meal preparation, laundry, church work, gardening, house cleaning, time with my husband, errands, personal devotions, and on and on? Whew, I’m tired already !!!!!
But wait – before you throw your hands up and say – “I can’t do this !!!!!”
Today I want to give you some simple, doable methods to make teaching manners almost effortless !!!! Your child’s rude ‘tude isn’t always intentional. Sometimes kids just don’t realize it’s impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind.
So what are manners? Emily Post summed it up best –
Here is a list of manners that I feel are important to teach kids.
Vocal manners – Saying please and thank you. Learning how to greet people. Never calling names, even in fun. Trying really hard not to embarrass anyone by what you say – this means no teasing or hateful remarks. For older kids – in the company of other people – turn off your cell phone. Your family’s affairs are private and should not be spoken about to others.
Home Manners – Pick up after yourself. If a door is closed knock and wait for permission to enter. Treat furnishings with respect – no jumping on the couch or bed – the same goes for sitting on the chair with muddy shoes. Share. Ask others before you use their things. Help with household tasks. Practice table manners. Using basic hygiene.