8 Important Manners Every Child Should Know

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Teaching good manners to my children has always been a focus in my household.  Perhaps that was due to my mother's influence on my childhood, and her father's influence on her childhood.  

Practicing good manners teaches responsibility, and leads to respect.  When people are polite, they feel good about themselves and others.  When parents see their children behaving in a polite manner, they feel pride.  When students are courteous to classmates, educators feel joy and a sense of accomplishment.  Furthermore, people listen and respect those who behave in a polite manner.

Because we all appreciate good manners in our personal, professional, and daily lives, we should teach children to behave in a polite manner too. 

Here is a list of 8 important manners every child should know:

1.  Provide Eye Contact - It's polite to look at someone when they are talking to you.

2.  Practice Good Table Manners -
  • Do not slurp 
  • Eat with your mouth closed
  • Place your napkin on your lap
  • Wipe your mouth with a napkin if needed 
  • Take small bites
  • Sit properly
  • Wait to eat until everyone has been seated
  • Use indoor voices and a polite tone when speaking
3.  Be a Good Listener - Remember to ask questions, not to interrupt, and to show interest.

4.  Make a Good First Impression - Introduce yourself in a friendly and polite manner, and practice good self-care including taking pride in your appearance.

5.  Respect the Personal Space of Others - Keep your hands and feet to yourself, and provide appropriate personal space.

6.  Practice Cleanliness - It's fun to play with toys, work on projects, or play games, but always make sure to clean up after yourself when you are done.  If playing with belongings that don't being to you, or if you are visiting someone's house, clean up messes made.

7.  Practice Good Hygiene - This includes covering your mouth if you cough, using a tissue to wipe your nose (not a finger), brushing your teeth and hair, bathing, and wearing clean clothes.

8.  Be a Considerate Communicator - Your tone of voice should be friendly and not loud, and you should wait your turn to speak.  Show consideration to others by being kind and not calling names.  You should always use appropriate language and use words like please, thank you, and excuse me.

In addition to the above ways to teach good manners, you may enjoy further activities, printables, posters, and awards, found in my Good Manners Packet and Cleanliness Packet. 

cleanliness character education packetGood Manners Character Education Packet

What is your favorite way to show good manners?


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