“Say thank you,” “Sit up straight,” “Shake hands,” “Say please”…Most of us heard these phrases when we grew up, because our parents taught us manners. Many of us do the same thing with our children. What is so important about teaching manners?
Having good manners is a social expectation – kids are expected to have good manners and they and their parents earn more respect when they do. Good manners play in our children’s future.
Good manners demonstrate a respect for oneself and others. Good manners convey a sense of respect for the sensibilities of other people. When you say “thank you,” you’re taking the time to make the other person feel appreciated. Saying “please” respects a person’s right not to do what you’ve asked.
Good manners illustrate that a child listens to their parents and does what they are taught – these are good character traits that teachers and authority figures appreciate. Manners convey quite a bit of information about our character.
You do your children such a big favor when you teach them good manners. From bosses to girlfriends, good manners can make or break an opportunity. For instance, if your child is up for his first job and his credentials match another candidate’s, the more polite and mannerly candidate may end up with the job.
Even before your child grows into an adult they will find that good manners go a long way in endearing themselves to teachers, coaches, and peers.
Simply put, your child will be more successful in life in general if they have and practice good manners.
Play2Health created eBooks to help your child learn at their pwn pace manners and the role they play in daily living.