Top 5 Manners Kids Should Know!
Your child’s isn’t always rude on purpose. 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 during daily life, busy moms and dads don’t always have the time to focus on etiquette. That’s why we have listed for you top 5 manners kids should know!
1. Wait to Enter Other People’s Houses
We all know that children love knocking on doors and ringing doorbells and often too many times. When the doors are finally opened, kids usually run right in without saying “Hi” or being asked to enter. The next time you visit a friend or neighbor’s house, ask your child to be patient while waiting at the door. Allow your child to knock just one or two times or one push of the doorbell. Gently put your hand on the child’s shoulder as a signal to wait. It may be okay to go into a close relative’s house without waiting, but it would not be okay at someone else’s house.
2. Act Like a Guest at Someone Else’s House
Some kids get very comfortable at a friend’s or relative’s house, and immediately run up to a friend’s room, the backyard, or another part of the house without permission first. Even if it’s just at Grandma’s place, your child should wait for directions on where to go and avoid running or jumping around indoors. He should not touch anything unless he’s allowed. From getting out toys to handling decorative objects, a child should be respectful of other people’s homes and aware of his surroundings.
3. Consume Food and Drinks With Permission
Children love to explore other people’s pantries and refrigerators, and they cannot resist asking a hostess if she baked cookies like last time. If refreshments haven’t been offered right away, remind your child that it’s polite to wait instead of asking right away for something (except a simple request like a glass of water). If refreshments are displayed or offered directly, it’s best not to eat or drink unless the host has invited everyone to do so.
4. Eat What Is Served at Mealtime
It doensn’t matter if you are at your own home or at someone else’s house, your child should try a little bit of each dish that is served, even if it’s unfamiliar or it’s not his favorite food. He should start by taking small bites and refrain from making faces or comments if he doesn’t like something. He should also try to smile, hold onto his knife and fork, and avoid folding his arms or looking around while others eat. Don’t offer an alternative meal or ask the hostess to cook something else or your child will never learn to try anything new. The exception would be if he has food allergies: It’s best to mention this when you accept a lunch or dinner invitation and to offer to bring a separate dish, unless the hostess offers to accommodate him. After the meal, tell your child to thank the hostess as an acknowledgment of her hard work.
5. Acknowledging Adults Properly
Practice how to address adults by their proper titles (Mr., Mrs., or Dr., and last names) with your child through role-playing. Pretend to be different people and have your child respond to an introduction with correct titles and pleasantries (“Hello, Mr. Jones. How are you, Mrs. Jones?”). The next time you’re in a social setting, your child should be comfortable greeting an adult. If she doesn’t do so, correct her on the spot by saying, “Sara, remember Mrs. Smith? Can you say hello to her, please?” If she has never met the adult, make sure to make an appropriate introduction.