How to Teach your Kids Manners!

Manners Can Be Taught

Here’s how to civilize your toddlers, kids, and tweens.

Manners are difficult to teach, even with the best well-behaved children.  Here are a few key points to get the toddlers, school aged kids, and tweens saying their pleases and thank yous.  Courtesy of Babble.

We all want our children to be well-mannered, but we also know how hard it is to convince them to do anything, much less be polite and respectful. With poor role1204077672u8n9pnmodels on television — and right beside them in the classroom — how do you get your kids on the path to good behavior? We spoke to experts about teaching your kids manners at every age.

Baby (0-1 Years):

What Manners to Teach Them:

  • Politeness in speech: Modulate your tone when you speak to your baby and use social niceties such as “please” and “thank you” when speaking directly to them or in conversations in their presence. Your example will guide them as they learn to speak.
  • Nice Touch: Gently direct your baby on how to treat parents, siblings and pets. Teach baby not to grab at someone’s face or hair by physically moving their hand and demonstrating a soft stroke on a dog’s back or by rubbing their fingers across your hair. This will teach them limits and introduce the concept of cause and effect in relation to their actions. “Gentleness will translate as they get older into politeness,” says Ian James Corlett, author of E is for Ethics, How to Talk to Kids About Morals, Values, and What Matters Most.
  • Respect for Others: read more at Babble