I STILL have not found my cord to download photos from the camera to the computer. So, until I find my cord and can get the photos for my future posts, you are stuck reading my random thoughts on an article that I came across earlier this week on parents.com.
Let me just say that I think adults could benefit from these 25 manners as well and not just children! As I read the list, I whispered a silent “thank you” to my mother. She did a great job instilling the following manners in my sister and me (you too little brother). One thing the list didn’t cover that I remember my mom teaching us, was to never call an adult by their first name. If an adult told us that we didn’t need to call them by their last name and just use their first name, we would still say “Mr. John” or something to that effect and not simply “John.” Even after I graduated from High School, I would struggle to call adults by their first name only and even today, I sometimes call an elder by their last name as a sign of respect.
In a day and age where manners and respect are quickly becoming a thing of the past, I am determined now more than ever to raise a well-mannered child.
Man-Child is teaching Bugaboo to say “yes sir” and “yes ma’am” and he already says “please”, “thank you”, and “excuse me.” Yes, I’m bragging on my child again, but he isn’t even two and is demonstrating good manners. So, if a toddler can do it, anyone can learn to do it! I can brag on GQ too even though I can’t take credit for how his mother raised him, but he is another example of a polite, kind, and well-liked child.
In my opinion, one of the best ways to teach children manners is to demonstrate good manners yourself. Lead by example.
Without further adieu…
25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9
Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed — for all the right reasons.
(David Lowry, Ph.D.)
Your child’s rude ‘tude isn’t always intentional. Sometimes kids just don’t realize it’s impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don’t always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you’ll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.-
When asking for something, say “Please.”
When receiving something, say “Thank you.”
Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.
When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.
When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant. ( My personal take on this… children shouldn’t use foul language. Period. )
Don’t call people mean names.
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.
As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so — you may learn something new.
When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.