13 Manners Tips You Can Teach Your Children From Mary Poppins Returns

Manners and Lessons To Teach from Mary Poppins Returns, The Movie: Run don’t walk to see Mary Poppins Returns! If you are interested in teaching manners to your children or students, this movie is for you. 

There are endless opportunities to show your children during the film on how using good manners is easy and fun.  Besides, this is one of the best movies of the year!  

Emily Blunt is amazing as Mary Poppins….not to mention the music and the dancing.  Of course, the children are charming.

We have listed 13 ways to teach and use good manners in everyday life.  

1. Never Ask an Adult Their Age: Mary Poppins does not age. The children ask her how old she is and of course she is appalled.

2. Dress Appropriately and Bathe for the Occasion: The film is based at the turn of the century in London.  The costumes are amazing. Even though this is a movie, you can point out how important it is to dress the part. Sweat pants have their time and place in our lives but most occasions in our daily lives call for a bit more of a dress code.

3. Realize When it is Time for Outside Assistance: Let’s face it, life is busy.  Is it time to reduce the amount of extracurricular activities or hire a tutor so that you are not frazzled and cranky?  

4. Sack of Tricks: Remember Mary Poppins bag?  Well, it is back and during the movie she pulls all sorts of tricks out of it.  Do you have a sack of entertainment for your children that is entertaining other than their tablet or phone? 

5. Use Your Imagination:  What can you put in your sack that might be something to help them use their imagination?  How about a fun game that promotes conversation skills with their siblings or friends?

6. Spit Spot: This might seem a bit old fashioned, but do your children have CHORES!  Can you make folding laundry and putting it away a game? Get them involved in meal prep and teach table manners at the same time.  All of these chores are teaching basic life skills.

7.Use “May I”:  The dialogue during the movie is great opportunity for your children to see and hear how to show respect to adults with the way they speak and use grammar. This will make parents and English teachers glow after watching the film.

8. Use Complete Sentences:  Time and time again, parents ask me to emphasize how it is not polite to use a one-word sentence.  

9. How much do you weigh Mary Poppins:  No explanation necessary on this one!

10. One Piece of Candy from the Jar: In one scene, the children visit their father at the bank (he works there).  The receptionist, offers a jar of candy.  The children reach in and each take one.  Teach your children to take one, and say “thank you”.

11. Don’t Focus on Where You Have Been but Where You Are Going:  We can have little effect on what has occurred but so much effect on future results with a great attitude.

12. Enjoy YOUR ChildLike Essence with Your Children:  Even in the face of adversity, a laugh, a smile and a song can make a world of difference.

13. No Where to Go but Up:  With video games, questionable movies and tough events going on in our world, a little inspiration from this movie can go along way. Happiness and joy are a choice.  The movie reminds of us this.

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My name is Lisa Richey, and I am the founder of Manners To Go™ . This brand has given me the honor of teaching manners to thousands of people around the world. The journey has taken me from Portland, Oregon to the Middle East. I believe that manners are not about judgment or rules.Manners are about self-interest. It really is about how using good manners makes you feel on the inside.


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