Do your children ever ask “why do I need to say please or thank you?!” Manners are an important part of our daily life and help us to get along with one another. It is an important tool when engaging with and getting along with peers and adults. Here are some ideas to try and work on:
- Practice greeting friends or family members with eye contact, a smile, and a handshake. The parent can pretend you are a new friend and your child can practice these tools.
- Practice sincere apologies to anyone if they do something wrong or make a mistake. Do this in real time if your child makes a mistake and as a parent, you can model good apologizing behavior.
- Giving and receiving compliments is an important tool. Practice giving your child a compliment and having them give you a compliment.
- Saying thank you for nice things other say or do.
- Phone etiquette is an important thing to talk about as well. Discuss how to answer and how to hang up. In the age of our phones being everywhere it may also be a good idea for parents to set an example of when you should have the phone or when you cannot. These can change depending on how your house runs, but maybe you do not want phones at the dinner table or when you are having family discussions…etc.
Thank you for your time!