Learning to use manners is one of the most important things you can do to teach your growing child - they are probably the most effective ways for your child to leave a lasting and positive impression on anyone they come in contact with.
While it can be frustrating for your child to remember all of them, with a little bit of patience and perseverance from both of you they will be saying and please and thank you all the time.
Here are ten manners every child should be taught:
To say please when asking for something
Teach them never demand but to always ask nicely.
To say thank you when receiving a gift
A handwritten thank you card is perfect, especially if the gift has been sent from someone abroad.
To say thank you after leaving a friend’s party
Another way to show them that you had a good time.
To never call people names
Particularly if it is nasty in any way. Teach them to treat others how they would like to be treated.
To not talk with their mouth full
While often funny to kids, this is not nice for others eating around them.
Not to interrupt when someone is speaking, unless it is necessary
And if they need to, they should always say excuse me when interrupting.
To say pardon after a burp or a fart
We all know these things can slip out, often to the amusement of your child.
Not to comment or judge others on their physical appearance
Unless it’s to say something nice, of course – this is always a good thing.
To knock before entering
Barging through doors is never a good idea.
To hold the door open for others
It's always nice to be polite and mannerly.