How Nice! 5 Important Manners That All Kids Should Know
Starting to wonder if your child will ever remember to say gracias, use a napkin or cover their mouth while yawning? In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s sometimes just easier to overlook bratty behavior and bad table etiquette. So how exactly do you get your kids on the path to good manners? Teaching kids to say “please” and “thank you” is just the beginning – read on for some helpful tips for teaching 5 important manners that kids should know (and Abuelita would be proud of!):
Please And Thank You!
This should really be a no-brainer! These two simple words are said to be “magic” words, and for a good reason. You can easily teach these even before your child starts talking by making please and thank you an everyday habit in your home. Experts agree that how your kids see you behave will determine their behavior – so mind your P’s and Q’s!
Get A hold Of Those Germs
Nothing makes us reach for our hand sanitizer faster than a child wildly sneezing or coughing in the air. Just plain gross. Ensure that your little one isn’t one of these kids by stressing the importance of covering our mouths when we cough or sneeze – oh, and never pick your nose in public!
Let’s face it, most kids (and some adults) could benefit from a table manner boot-camp! Start by implementing good eating habits around the family dinner table because if they can’t learn at home, we can’t expect them to know what to do at a restaurant or friend’s house, right? Reign in unseemly table manners by teaching them to chew with their mouths closed, engage in dinner conversation and to ask to leave the table when done eating, but not after saying permiso.
Don't Point or Tease
Did your parents ever tell you that when you point at someone, there are three fingers pointing back at yourself? Pass that little gem along to your kids, too. With adolescent bullying at an all-time high, it’s more important than ever to instill in them that pointing, teasing or calling someone hurtful names is just plain mean and obnoxious.
Respect Your Elders
From talking back to teachers to showing blatant disregard toward adults, it’s more important than ever that we teach our kids this key value. Make sure your child knows there are NO exceptions to being polite and courteous to older people. Even if they see kids their own age being rude to an older person, it’s never okay to follow suit.