Truthfully, would you rather hang out with a friend who is polite or rude? Manners are powerful, both good manners and poor manners. Society may focus on the crass and unruly, but respect and polite behavior will always be in style.
Teaching manners goes far beyond please and thank you. And it is not one of those lessons a parent can just check off the "To Do List" like shoe tying instructions. It might take a long time to master the skill but once the shoes can be tied, the kid is on his way. Manner lessons go on, and on. And sometimes on, and on, and…well you get my drift! Even with teenagers, it’s a continual time of coaching. When a lesson in manners is in order, here are a few tips.
Make polite manners part of what your family does everyday. You’ll know the lessons are paying off when you hear from a friend, "Your child is so polite." Who knows, your child may be invited to dine at the White House one day.
By Becky Danielson, M.Ed. Becky Danielson, M.Ed., is wife and mom of two teenagers. She is a licensed Parent & Family Educator, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting and the co-author of EMPOWERED PARENTS: Putting Faith First and Parenting Prose, a regular column in Marriage Magazine. Becky and her family live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes. www.beckydanielson.com & www.1corinthians13parenting.comBack To Top