“It took me years to learn that grace came from spine and not from dainty hands.”
— Alison Malee
Parents of young children spend considerable time teaching their children appropriate behaviour. Most parents do this by repeatedly telling their children to do things in a certain manner, like saying thank you. However, like everything else, etiquettes need to be taught to young children and parents need to take active steps to teach their children how to be courteous and graceful, especially when it is difficult to do so.
In this article, we will cover what parents can do to improve their child’s etiquettes.
Sue Edgerley’s book, Five Keys Parenting, lists a few strategies that parents can use to improve their child’s etiquettes and manners. They are as follows:
Good etiquettes and manners are necessary to succeed in social situations. It can be difficult to see your child struggle with basic etiquettes, but if you are patient and consistent you shall see results in no time. Reminding children why these things are important plays a critical role in getting them to see the value in them. Remember that they will pick up these etiquettes and manners eventually, even if they seem to be struggling with it today.
Did you find the article useful? How do you include etiquettes and manners in your child? Do share your experiences and tips in the comments below, or drop a note at [email protected].
Edgerley, S. (2010). Five Keys Parenting. Australia: Sue Edgerley.
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