Modern day manners
“The hardest job kids today face is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire
In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society where emails and texts have largely replaced face-to-face interactions and rude behaviour such as people texting at the dinner table are increasingly commonplace, teaching our youth good manners is something that is more crucial than ever.
It is important for a young person to develop social skills, learn how to interact in a polite manner with people they come into contact with, and basically to just treat everyone they meet with respect.
Here are our top tips to keeping your manners in check:
It sounds so simple but always say “please” and “thank”. It should become a habit that is formed as early as possible. This is one of the cardinal foundations of good manners.
Do not interrupt whilst others are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency.
If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
Remind your child to follow the rules of her friend’s house when on a play date, and to always clean up after herself before leaving. Be sure your child always thanks the host or hostess for having them over and for the good time they had.
Teach your children to use good eye contact when having a conversation with someone.
Educate your children at a young age about bullying and that it is never acceptable. Be a role model for them in the way that you communicate to others or about others.
A proper greeting shows confidence and maturity. Teach your child to address people they meet by their title and name. Remind them that they need to use Mr., Mrs., or Ms. and not an adult’s first name unless requested to use it.
Teach your children how to use eating utensils properly. Eating dinner together as a family several times a week creates a sense of togetherness and shared ritual.
Educate your children from a young age to show respect for adults and peers.
Manners and etiquette are a learned behaviour so, it’s your duty as a parent to be an excellent role model, and you set the standard. If you are at the dinner table texting on your phone or routinely speak to people in a rude manner, your child will pick up on these behaviors and will most likely copy them. If you want to raise a well-mannered child, the first thing you must do as a parent is take a good look at your own behavior and make sure you are consistently practicing good manners yourself.