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How to Raise a Polite Child - Teaching Your Child Manners‏

Every parent wants their child to grow up to be polite. There’s a desire to have a polite child, but sometimes getting to that point can be difficult. These tips will help you raise a child who is not only polite, but also has manners.

Children Learn by Seeing

In case you haven’t noticed, most children will mock what they see their parents and siblings do. It’s important for everyone in the family to use their manners as much as possible. Saying “please” and “thank you” are just the first steps in showing your child how to be polite. How you react to situations is also very important.

Show Children How to Respect Others

No one is perfect, everyone gets that. However, respect is an important part of teaching your child about manners. Respect can be anything from sharing toys to waiting in line properly at the bus stop. Talk to your child about what respect means and how that can help them make good choices every day.

Always Start Early

It is never too early to start teaching your child about manners. You can start by teaching your child how to say please and thank you. Teach your child how to also properly ask for items. Instead of allowing them to say “Gimme”, teach them to say “May I please?” This will take some patience on the parent’s side, but it will be well worth it. Even if you have to be that parent that reminds their child to say please, thank you, and “May I”, it is totally worth it.

Talk about it

Sometimes it’s not enough to just tell your child to do something, they need to know why they should do it. Talk about manners to your child and how not being polite can hurt others’ feelings. Everyone feels sad when someone is rude to them, so it’s important to be polite and use manners whenever possible.

Give Understanding When Possible

Always understand that being polite and having manners is quite the process. Even though you may start teaching your child early, it will still be quite the process. Always use gentle friendly reminders when you’re reinforcing the idea of being polite. Watch videos with your child that model proper polite behavior. Always reinforce the lesson by talking about what they saw on the video and how they can put it into action.

Don’t feel defeated if it takes a while for your child to catch on to using their manners on their own. At least you’re trying to encourage your child to do what is best. A gentle reminder here and there is sometimes all you can do.

How do you go about teaching your own children manners, what tips do you have to share?

Annmarie John
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  1. Those are all great tips. My kids get punished for bad manners.

  2. Great tips and like Robin, my girls also get punished for bad manners, too.

  3. You should post this everywhere! Most parents now a days fail miserably on this. Kids are not taught manners and the rest of us pay for it. Good tips!

  4. I don't have children, but I definitely learnt from my parents on the most part :) x

  5. I love my kids so much. I really try not to be harsh on how others raise their kids because I've seen good and bad come from such wide varieties of circumstances.

  6. Oh my goodness! I have so many tips (not that I am perfect by any means). Don't allow your child to come up to you and said 'I'm thirsty' and then run and get them a drink. Have them ask you nicely. In addition, if your child tantrums, do not give in to their needs. Have them calm themselves and ask and use their words. Oh I could write a book.

  7. This is sooo important. Being polite can take you so far!

  8. Great points. My kids are pretty good with please and thank you but we have to work on our other manners.

  9. Those are awesome tips. It is important to start early

  10. These are great pieces of advice. Sometimes you have to review your own behavior in public if you want your kids to act appropriately.

  11. All parents should have to read this post. Teaching kids manners is so important. Amber N

  12. I agree, manners need to be taught and then enforced. Not every parent feels that way, apparently.

  13. Sounds like a great resource for all parents to have! Manners are so hard teaching children!

  14. These are great tips, this is something I find a lot of parents forget; a polite child is best!

  15. Yes. Love this. Manners are so important and I'm a little shocked at how some kids can be. Makes me so sad.

  16. I have always felt that the best way children learn how to be good human beings and kind to others is by seeing their parents and family members treat others well. Parenting is so important.

  17. Lead by example! That's what my parents did & I am still quite well-mannered to this day. Obviously, I'm a little more fiesty as well :P

  18. I love this! It's so important to me to have polite kids. I know they learn by watching me and by us talking about why it's important. And Des learns a lot from his big sister!

  19. Great tips! We started very early with please and thank you. If it was missed we would say "what do you say?" She would then reply. Hubs and I try not to fight in front of her. We have, on occasion. So thats life. We make sure that she sees us apologizing and we also show love in front of her.

  20. I agree every parent wants their child to grow up with some good manners & stay polite. These are great tips. I have always taught my kids to respect others whether young or elder & I do stay as an example to they learn from my activities. Thanks for sharing.

  21. This is something that would be so helpful for me in the future. :)


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