25 Manners Kids Should Know!

4 May

I came across this excellent article/list, that although is geared for children, is also a good refresher for adults – I’ve seen my 5 year-old hold a door open for a lady talking on her cell phone and the lady didn’t say thank-you, smile or acknowledge in any way the courtesy my daughter gave her.  So, adults, please lead by example and as I tell my daughters, “Treat others how you want to be treated.”

My only change to this list is with #13 – Foul language should not be used in front of adults OR other kids.  It’s disrespectful and unpleasant to any age individual.

So read on and teach/lead by example.

25 Manners Kids Should Know

boy in front of plate

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. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don’t always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you’ll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.

Manner #1

When asking for something, say “Please.”

Thank You
Manner #2

When receiving something, say “Thank you.”

mothers and daughters
Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

mother and daughter
Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation

mother talking to child
Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Girl with scruched up face
Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

two year old
Manner #7

Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.

mother and child in kitchen
Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

girl holding her bear and sleeping bag
Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

toddler hiding behind door
Manner #10

Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.

child talking on phone
Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

child holding birthday presents
Manner #12

Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

funny things kids say
Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

saying something
Manner #14

Don’t call people mean names.

friends hugging
Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

girl looking bored
Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

father and son on walk
Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”

child picking nose
Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.

child opening door
Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

boy washing car
Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so — you may learn something new.

folding laundry
Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

getting dressed for school
Manner #22

When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

boy eating cereal
Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

child at dinner table
Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.



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