Often I find myself asking, “What’s happened to basic good manners these days?”
Last week I was having a conversation with another teacher in our school corridor. As we were chatting, two students plowed right between us, bumping us with their backpacks!
I immediately made that a “teachable” moment and patiently explained to the students that when adults are talking, you either walk around them, or stop and say, “Excuse me.” I knew that those children were not intentionally being impolite; they just didn’t realize that they should have stopped.
Good manners should start at a young age. They don’t cost anything, yet integrating them into your child’s life can be quite valuable. Having good manners makes a child standout in a very positive way.
Here are eight basic rules of good manners that every child should easily master before starting kindergarten.
- Always say “Please” when asking for something, and “Thank you” when receiving it.
- When someone says “Thank you” to you the correct response is “You’re welcome.”
- Look at a person when they are speaking to you.
- Don’t interrupt, unless it is an emergency.
- If you bump into someone say “Excuse me.”
- Cough and sneeze into the crook of your arm.
- Don’t ever laugh at, or make fun of, other people.
- Clean up any messes you make.
Instilling good manners in children can dramatically affect the quality of their life…and get them noticed for all the right reasons!