Basic Manners Kids Should Have

Basic Manners Kids Should Have

Though it is right that nobody is perfect, kids are expected to obey to at least certain simple behavioral norms. For instance, greeting guests besides not disturbing a continuing conversation among adults are rules which every child should do, no matter how young she/he is.

Nowadays, many people even send their kids to various training centers for taking etiquette lessons. There he studies how to participate in a discussion, learn cutlery for certain dishes, and a complete host of other social abilities. Yet, teaching your kid the best manners is a job that should start at home. In such institutes, your kid can learn all the manners but it will be better to start the learning process at home.


Here is a wonderful ways of putting the basic etiquette for kids in simple points. Master those four phrases and also practice them with your kids.

"Thank you."

"Please, may I…?"

"Excuse me."

"No, thank you."

Introducing Oneself

Giving one’s own introduction is tough for adults, let unaided children. However, don’t you feel nice when you are introduced by someone else? You may find that children can easily master it, but their success depends on the ways used to encourage them in this direction. Even a very young can say, "This is Jason, and this is Katie."

If a person comes to your home, your child must stop what he is doing, come gently and greet the guest with a polite hello. Preferably, the child must offer a handshake, plus say "Hello, Mrs. ____." If his friends are also present there, the child should take time to introduce them as well. While the person leaves, the child must come and bid good-bye to everyone. It has been seen that mostly children are reluctant in giving introductions, so one needs to have patience and keep trying for that.

Do Not Disturb

It is impolite to interrupt someone in the middle of a conversation. Kids are, by nature, intolerant — but it is our duty to inculcate the virtues of patience and tolerance and make them behave in a controlled manner. They must be taught that before saying something in the middle of an ongoing conversation, the child must say, "Excuse me, can I say something? Hope you don’t mind my interruption."

Teaching Table Manners

Learning table manners forms an important part of table etiquettes. After the table is set, one should the dinner time as duration to rejoice with the family. This period is not just delightful family time, but also a wonderful time to teach those basic etiquettes to your kids.

Here are a few points which must be a part of your lecture on table manners:

Before every meal, rinse your hands properly.

You should not chew your food with mouth open and making noise.

If the kid wants second serving, he should be taught to say “Could you please pass the ___?." After the dish is passed, they habit to say "Thank you" must also be inculcated in them.

While the kid finishes the dinner, they should be taught to say "May I be excused, please?” or “Excuse me, please" and while permission is being given, they must take their dish, utensils including the napkin into kitchen.

You will certainly feel glad to see your child learning table behaviors at home before taking them to restaurants. It is a great way as teaching table etiquettes in restaurants can’t be feasible as it would be difficult for you to teach the kids with napkins and silverware at a public place.

Avoiding Bad Words

It's very natural: if you use any bad language in front of your children, they will also use it, too. The problem is that, sometimes they may even use those words at very unsuitable times. Initially, they may not recognize what the words actually mean. So, first of all, you must check your language at the time of conversation in front of your kids.

Writing Thank-You Notes

Being capable to write as well as send a thank-you note is a wonderful skill which will keep grooming one’s personality all their lives. However, first you must practice it with your kid in order to get him/her into the habit of writing thank you notes. They should also be motivated to write their own thank you notes.

How to Behave at a Play, Movie or Concert,

Films are a good medium to train your children how they should behave in public. Then, try taking your kid to a concert or play. Before that, discuss with your child about listening, intermissions, watching quietly while staying in one’s own seat. When you actually take him to the movie or concert, it will give him a practical explanation of the things taught by him.

You must such manners in your kids which help them in strengthening their self esteem. You must praise your kid when he does something good or correctly. If he makes a mistake, polite explain what is wrong and also let him understand the way to correct it. It also be in your mind that a small kid can’t learn all the manners in a day, but it needs to be practiced and inculcated with patience. You must keep reminding your kid to mind his ways and gently rebuke him when goes out of the way. All these steps will surely ensure that he grows into a polite and decent adult. The fact can’t be denied that a teacher’s contribution in this also plays a pivotal role.


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