Monday, April 20, 2009


By Dr Bill Maier

FocusOnTheFamily_LogoSmall You know, good manners and social graces don’t happen by accident. They’re skills that people develop, and what better time to learn them than when we’re young? Why not start now teaching your children how to be polite and mannerly?

A good way to begin is to have them write thank-you notes for gifts and other acts of kindness. Get them their own stationery and show them how to write a thoughtful note. Teach them to take their time, and to be specific in their words.

Kids should also learn to open doors for people and wait on the elderly. They should smile and say, “After you,” or “Let me get that for you.” When waiting in line, make sure they know how to be patient and wait their turn. It’s also a good idea to let older kids order for themselves at restaurants, and to expect them to say “please” and “thank you” when addressing the hostess.

Good manners are critical skills in life, and children who understand that fact will always stand out from the rest.

From TODAY, Voices – Monday, 20-April-2009

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