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Where Have Children's Good Manners Gone?

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!

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#1 Greedharee Tharmanansingh 2011-11-24 16:50

You are perfectly right. This i a big problem today at schools. Not only children even teacher colleagues have forgotten some simple good manners. How do you feel when you say good morning and there is no answer from the other side!

By the way can use some of your articles to quote in my blog?


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