The only manner you need to know.
How do you remember all the common etiquette of fine dining, greeting someone who is older, when to ask instead of reaching by yourself? It is simply too much, especially if you’re like me and didn’t grow up with parents who taught them or enforced them. Honestly, I don’t see the point of a lot of it other than make you look awkward if you don’t know the correct response or tradition. ‘
What are manners for? They are supposed to communicate respect for the other person.
Benefits of teaching your kids this one rule? They remember to respect people. They don’t look rude in new situations. They learn self control.
What is the main rule for manners? Exercise self control.
I’ve seen kids barge in front of complete strangers just so they can get a better look at the lizard behind the glass. I’ve seen kids blurt out the rudest things like, ‘why do you look funny?’ simply because it was a question they had on their mind. Kids have rushed from activity to activity without please and thank you simply because they can’t wait to get to be with their friends or they are afraid of not being first in line.
Exercise self control. That is all they need to remember. Teach them to wait. Patience.
It communicates that the other person is just as important as anyone else. That their time is just as important as yours. Others’ needs are equally important.
At dinner. Your child can wait for an adult to begin to eat or announce ‘let’s eat’ before they start.
In conversation. Wait until someone has finished talking before interrupting.
What do manners mean to you? What rude habits have you noticed in children that you would like to be rid of?