Ten Ways To Raise A Polite Child
First and foremost, adults must model the manners they want to see in children.
1. Introduce and reinforce the meaning behind the “Magic Words” (please, thank you, etc.) Guide children to master these words by using them often. When teaching “I’m sorry” – make certain children know it must be meaningful.
2. Cultivate the concept – “Be kind to others”. Name calling, bullying or treating others callously will not be tolerated.
3. Reinforce respect – act respectfully towards your children, and demand respect from them. Identify ways to help children feel good about themselves (earned self-respect)
4. Foster and teach the value of values – honesty, tolerance, empathy, compassion, gratefulness, kindness – embrace them!
5. Make mealtime manners a life skill that will continue to help children (and adults) feel confident in all future social/dining experiences.
6. Demonstrate and discuss the importance of making a difference in someone’s life every day. Encourage your child to be grateful for what he has – your home should always exemplify an “attitude of gratitude.”
7. Prepare children for the art of social exchange – meeting and greeting, eye contact, body language, a firm handshake. This is essential for making friends and keeping them, being part of a group and socialization.
8. Outline rules for courteous behavior- be courteous on cell phones, computers and the Internet.
9. Advocate the importance of accepting responsibility and becoming personally accountable; this is an essential step towards independence.
10. Show respect for our planet – recycle, reuse grocery bags, turn lights off, don’t litter and conserve energy whenever possible.
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