Manners Every Kid Should Know

Your children are never too young to learn basic manners


 

It’s not reasonable to assume a two-year-old will easily share and the reality is that some children simply have calmer demeanours, especially in public. But there are some basic manners that we can expect, or at least hope, most children will abide by.

Say please and thank you

Being polite and respectful is not a lot to expect, even from young children. It might be a lot to expect kids to always remember to use common courtesy, but no child is too young to be asked to use basic manners and to wait to fulfill a request until they do.

Use an inside voice

Controlling the volume of a child’s voice indoors or out is a challenge. But no one in a restaurant, even a child-friendly one, wants to hear a screeching, yelling child. There is a time and a place for a loud voice and inside a restaurant or a movie theatre is not that place. Of course if you’re in an indoor playground, all bets are off.

No pushing or shoving

Aside from the basic manners of not being rude, children need to understand and learn physical boundaries. Even if it’s not in frustration, it is never appropriate to push someone who happens to be in your way. This is where teaching the words ‘excuse me’ comes in.

Wait your turn

The dog-eat-dog nature of getting on the school bus in the morning is a great example of learning to wait your turn. If everyone crowds the bus, people get shoved and the process is tedious. If everyone stands in line, no one gets pushed out of the way and everyone gets on easily. This translates to line ups and sharing toys and in so many other aspects of life. If everyone has a chance and everyone waits their turn, every gets a chance and no one misses out.

Don’t interrupt

There is nothing more frustrating than having a conversation and being interrupted constantly. Children are taught to raise their hand in school for a reason. When people are talking, it is appropriate to wait until the conversation is over. If it is important, it is appropriate to say ‘excuse me’ or raise your hand.

Ask permission

For both safety reasons and respect reasons, this is an important one. If a child wants something or needs to do something, asking permission first will serve to let an adult know what they’re doing and where they’re going, and will also keep children from eating or doing something, or going somewhere, that they shouldn’t. Also, it’s just a respectful thing to do before diving into the bag of cookies at a play date. 

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