How can you teach your children manners?

It’s long been said that good manners cost nothing. And a school in Portugal has taken this to the next level with a poster highlighting the need for children to learn manners and respect at home. And as you’d expect, it’s gone viral, sparking a widespread discussion about manners and the modern society.

The poster, made up of five points, stresses the importance of manners and reiterates the fact that the teachers are indeed there to educate and guide, but home is where manners should be taught. Its points are as follows:

  • We would like to remind you that magic words such as hello, please, you’re welcome, I’m sorry, and thank you, all begin to be learned at home.
  • It’s also at home that children learn to be honest, to be on time, diligent, show friends their sympathy, as well as show utmost respect for their elders and all teachers.
  • Home is where they learn to be clean, not talk with their mouths full, and how/where to properly dispose of garbage.
  • Home is also where they learn to be organized, to take good care of their belongings, and that it’s not ok to touch others.
  • Here at school, on the other hand, we teach language, math, history, geography, physics, sciences, and physical education. We only reinforce the education that children receive at home from their parents.

Although many parents agree with the statements, it can be difficult, especially when children are younger, to reinforce the importance of manners and respect in a positive manner.

To help you guide your children down a respectful, pleasant road, we’ve jotted down a few tips to help get you started:

Teach “please” and “thank you” early

Young children may not fully understand the meaning of many words, but that doesn’t mean you can’t teach them. “Please” and “thank you” are two of the easiest words to learn and will cement manners early on in life and enable them to get used to saying these words on a daily basis.

Don’t force manners

Although teaching manners is important, it’s even more imperative not to force them as this will attach negative connotations to them going forward.

Encourage playing with others

Whether you just have the one child or two or three, it’s important to let them play with others. Not only will this help them when it comes to developing social skills, but it will also get them used to sharing beloved objects with others.

Practice good listening

Does your child have something to say? Make sure they know to wait their turn. If they interrupt someone, politely tell them that it’s rude and they should learn to wait until there is a natural gap in conversation.

Do you have any tips for helping to teach manners to your child?