It’s hard, but developing your kids’ manners beyond Please & Thank You is
And like so many other things, getting kids into the habit of using manners at an
early age makes things much easier in the long haul.
As my kids age and begin to play away from home and interact with teachers and
parents, I’m noticing that they don’t always use eye contact when speaking with
others and they often forget to say “excuse me.”
I’ve also noticed that simply telling them to practice these good manners isn’t
To develop good manners in kids, they need to know why this is important for
them. After all, they see their father and me using manners all the time, so they know
that these are things that people are supposed to do, but kids want to know what the
point is.
When I explain the why behind certain manners, their eyes light up with
comprehension. “Ohhhh,” they say. “Okay!” And they begin to practice it.
To start working on manners for kids, try to model the kinds of behavior you
want to see in your children.
Trust me—they are paying attention. (Even when you don’t want them to!)
Having Good Manners is an incredibly important life skill.