My children are well mannered…most of the time. But recently there have been certain things that they have been doing that just bug me. Joe and I were discussing this with a friend and he was sharing what his parents used to do. I thought it would be good to come up with a list of manners that I expect from my children. I’m not talking fancy stuff…just kind and polite. We plan on having some practice sessions and talking about why we do these things. Here are some ideas I have and I’m sure they will grow.
1. Say “please” when asking for something.
2. Say “thank you” when receiving something or when someone helps you.
3. When interrupting an adult, place your hand on their shoulder to let them know you’d like to speak and wait until they give you their attention.
4. When guests arrive at our house, stop doing what you are doing and come to greet them.
5. When people speak to you, acknowledge them and respond. Look them in the eye and speak clearly.
6. When you have spent time at a friend’s house for a playdate/party/sleepover remember to thank the parent for having you over.
7. Knock on closed doors before entering.
8. When we have guests over for dinner think of two interesting questions you could ask them about themselves.
9. When you sneeze or cough, cover your nose/mouth.
10. Use “excuse me” when moving through a crowd or reaching over someone.
11. Hold doors open for others whenever you are able. Especially if they have their hands full.
12. When your mother brings home groceries, offer to help bring them in and put them away.
13. Do not pick your nose, or any other crevices in public. Excuse yourself to a bathroom.
14. Ask before you borrow something and always return it on time and in good condition.
15. After a meal, offer to help clean up.
16. Be a good host. Offer to take a guests coat and thank them for coming when they leave. Offer them a snack if you get one or a drink when you get a drink.
Do you have any on this list that are musts for your children?