Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Teaching Children Manners

From TODAY, Voices
Tuesday September 23, 2008

By Dr Bill Maier

There is nothing quite as annoying as talking to a child who has bad manners.

When you ask them a question and they say “Huh?” or “What?”, it is not only rude, but it reflects poorly on the child’s parents.

Basic social skills begin with good manners, and there is really no excuse for a child who has not yet learned how to be polite in public.

Even young toddlers can learn how to say “please” and “thank you”. When someone gives your children a gift, parents should make a point of reminding them to respond gracefully.

When introducing your kids to friends or strangers, make sure they acknowledge the introduction, even if their vocabulary is limited.

You might begin by role-playing at home.

Give your children a fruit or snack and have them practise saying “Thank you very much” or “May I please have another piece?”

Then reward them at the end of each session. With a little work, any child can learn to be polite and pleasant.
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