25 Manners Every Kid Should Know

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

Source: parents.com

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.-

Manner #1

When asking for something, say “Please.”

Manner #2

When receiving something, say “Thank you.”

Manner #3

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.

Manner #4

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.

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6

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.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

Manner #9

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.

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.

Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

Manner #12

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.

Manner #13

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. )

Manner #14

Don’t call people mean names.

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

Manner #16

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.

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

Manner #20

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.

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

Manner #25

Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

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12 Responses to 25 Manners Every Kid Should Know

  1. Wonderful post. My baby daughter, Amaranta, is only 2 mounths old, but I can’t see the time to give her the right education. I know it’s not easy, but it’s really important to me and I want to try! I love good-manners in the people I meet. They seems so pure, so different… (but what a paradox for kind people to be the rarity. It should be the opposite).
    I think we live in a bad world. I think that our society really need well-mannered people. Our kids will soon become the adults of tomorrow and we have the moral duty to let them be better persons. How horrible it is to meet arrogant and groos men and women. They don’t understand the beauty to have good kind of relationships. I really hope Amaranta will be a better girl 🙂
    See you soon and good night!

    • I’m sure you will do an excellent job and little Amaranta will become a lovely, polite, and well-mannered young lady!
      I wish I could shelter Bugaboo and GQ from all the evil in the world but know that is unrealistic. They are going to be exposed to the good and the bad, but I just hope that I can provide them with a strong moral foundation for them to come back too and make smart decisions.
      I want them to dare to be different and separate themselves from everyone else. Hope you and your family have a great weekend!

      • How much you’re right! It’s impossible to shelter our kids forever. But I really like when you say: “I just hope that I can provide them with a strong moral foundation for them to come back too and make smart decisions”. This makes the difference: to let them be on firm footing so that they can succed in facing and overcoming every kind of accident!
        Hope you and your family have a great time, too, and sorry for my english but it’s 5.38 in Italy and I can’t sleep 😀

      • Your English is awesome. No worries. Sorry that you were unable to sleep but honored that you were up reading my blog! Makes me feel good about myself 🙂 Hope you get some rest.

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  3. Dianna says:

    It’s amazing to see these in print. My mother (who was my sole parent after my father died when I was an infant) taught me ALL these things. That’s just the way we were raised. And I agree about not calling an older person by their first name; that was a BIG no-no.
    I smiled when I read the one about not interrupting adults when they were speaking. My mother was one of 12 children. When I was a child, 10 of her siblings lived nearby, as did my grandmother. So Grandma’s house was always a busy place. I remember not interrupting the adults, but they would always interrupt ME!
    Great post! (Hope you find your cord soon, though! Does your printer have a slot to insert your camera chip? That’s how I upload mine to the computer.)

    • My father died too when I was young and my mom did an excellent job taking on both roles of mom and dad. She is my hero. My grandparents were very big on manners and I always knew where she got it from!
      No, I have an older laptop. I think the cord is at my moms house so I will be headed over there this weekend to look for it. I brought it over there to download photos to her computer. Plus, she has CS5 and Lightroom, so I like to play around with those! 🙂
      Have a great weekend.
      PS everytime I read your blog, I get the itch for a kitten! One day I will talk Man-Child in to letting me have one!

  4. Sorry, just catching up with the posts I’ve missed…
    I love truly love this post.
    We too were raised in this manner and unfortunately has been a rarity in kids, and some adults for that matter, for quite a while.
    I hope teaching children these things has a revival of sorts and we see more of it in the coming years – it’s time to get back to basics!
    That said, I believe we need to treat children with the same respect (interrupting, knocking on closed doors and so forth) we want out of them. I can only speak for me (a mother of a 15 year old boy) I know first hand it works!
    Happy Friday/Happy Weekend!
    p.s. Hope your heat lets up so you feel like getting out on your walks!

  5. I agree! I have a 14 year-old step-son and Bugaboo is ALWAYS trying to get into his room and even in the bathroom with him when he is at our home, and I have to remind myself to make sure that Bugs doesn’t overstep his boundaries. I don’t want GQ to think that he can’t have some privacy when he is at our house and Bugs can do whatever he wants.
    Me too! But if I were more disciplined and would wake up earlier, I could walk in the morning, but that won’t happen anytime soon unless I can find a walking buddy!

  6. Regarding the M.I.A. camera wires…I bought a very inexpensive (bout $10) Memory Card Reader and keep it in my camera bag. It looks just like a “flash drive” or “jump drive” with a USB end on it. My camera card fits into it and then can be put into the USB port of ANY computer. Check Walmart, K-Mart, Staples, Office Max, etc. Be sure to take your camera card in with you to make sure you get the right one for you.
    Our laptop here has a spot for my camera card but I love having the card reader to take on trips back home to stick in others computers that don’t have card reader slots to not only view but to dump off on cds or whatever.

    • Great! I will have to check that out. I’m taking photos of the tornado clean-up tomorrow morning and am going to turn in the photos to my employer (company sponsored). I’m about to make a Target run after Nemo is over…so will definitely look into it. Thank you!

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