How to Teach Manners to Children

How to Teach Your Children to Use Good Manners in Public

Let’s Go Out – The Etiquette of Public Places

Would you like your children or students to have better manners in public?

Have you ever gone to the movies and someone near you kept talking during the film? How about the annoyance of having someone kicking your seat from behind on an airplane? Or, when you’re in a place of silent reverence and someone takes forever opening a candy wrapper? Each of these examples shows that either someone had no regard for others, or that possibly, they had never learned proper etiquette.

Here are a few tips to teach children about being considerate to others:

1. When out for a day of shopping, put things back the way they were found. Refold the t-shirt you picked up. If you drop a pair of jeans, refold them and put the item back where you found it.

2. Say “good morning” or “thank you” to the store personnel when you are out shopping. Hold the door or elevators for those behind you. If someone holds it open for you, remember to say “thank you.”

3. Talk to your friends about the movie after its over, not during the film. When at the movies, throw away your snack containers as you leave the theater. Do not leave them behind. Don’t kick the chair in front of you. This is also important when on an airplane

4. Don’t cut in front of others while standing in line. Wait for your turn.

5. Don’t chew gum with your mouth open, and don’t make the popping noise. Only blow bubbles in private. Practicing proper etiquette in public places shows others that you are considerate. It also reinforces your own integrity for choosing to use the good manners you were taught.

Children learn from the actions of others. Make it common practice in your home or classroom to show consideration for each family member, so that when they’re in public, it will seem natural.

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