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Can a two year old be taught manners?

The best way to teach your toddler manners is to be an inspiring role model and focus on getting the idea of manners across to them. She needs to learn that there are acceptable and unacceptable ways to behave – for instance, if you want your toddler to be polite to you, then you need to be polite to them to get the message across.

Because your two year old aspires to be just like Mum and Dad, you and your spouse can go a long way by simply being polite to each other. Saying “excuse me,” “please,” and “thank you,” when necessary, your toddler will eventually emulate your behaviour.

You can start teaching your toddler the basics of good manners soon after her first birthday, by teaching her those “magic” words, “please,” and “thank you.” It might take them a while before they gets the hang of it, but again, if you and your spouse use this form of politeness habitually, then your toddler will eventually start saying it automatically as well.

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