It is well-known that kids can be brutally honest. They speak their minds without a filter and most often without ill-intent. Children simply state what is obvious to them and those observations are usually true. If a kid sees an obese woman and asks too loudly how she got so fat, that’s a valid question. That being said, it is also seen as rude and insensitive. Most children won’t automatically feel empathy for this woman; proper manners and etiquette need to be taught.
Proper etiquette for kids needs to be instilled, and constantly reinforced, starting at an early age. Parents can demonstrate by example the importance of always saying “please” and “thank you” when asking and receiving. Teaching manners can start at infancy. These simple statements should be taught when an infant is forming words. Create a habit, without any thought.
Take the time to cultivate etiquette for kids. It will pay off as you begin to see your child develop into a well-mannered member of society who treats people with respect. Teaching manners isn’t difficult if you put it into practice early and reinforce polite behaviors daily. Here is a list of manners your child should know:
Teaching manners helps foster kindness and a sense of community. By practicing proper manners and etiquette your child will learn to appreciate others more, be pleasant to be with and likely develop into a positive adult.