Every parent dreams about having a child who says “please” and “thank you” without ever having been told. After all, a child’s behavior is a reflection of their parents.
Manners come easily for some children, for others, there are struggles. It takes good manners if people in this world expect to get along and live together. Gracious manners also reflect consideration and thoughtfulness.
Kid Scholars Academy, your daycare in Sugar Land, offers ways to teach your children good manners.
At a very early age, we teach our children good behavior, even before they learn how to talk. For example, we teach babies to wave hello and goodbye.
The root of good manners is respect for others. An infant that is sensitive will naturally become a respectful child who will think twice about purposely hurting others’ feelings.
Teach Words Early
A two-year-old knows well enough to say “please” and “thank you” even though they have no idea the social graciousness of these words. All they really know is that they say “please” when they want something and they say “thank you” after they have received it.
It is important that you instill polite words into your child’s vocabulary. They will soon learn the meaning of the words and understand the importance of using them. Even before a child fully grasps the meaning of polite words, they understand that mom and dad use these words all of the time and use them with a friendly smile on their face.
Be a Great Role Model
From early on, you should be interacting with your child using a lot of polite words. What your child will hear and see from you will be mimicked.
Children Should Be Seen and Heard
The person who coined the phrase “Children should be seen and not heard” obviously never had kids.
You should be including your children in everything that is going on in your household. Tuning out your child is just asking for trouble as kids will be naughty if just to receive some attention.
Stay close to your children when they wind up in a situation that risks their good behavior.
You Can’t Force Manners
Language is a skill that should be enjoyed and not forced. While it is perfectly acceptable to tell your children to say “please” and “thank you,” don’t do it in the same manner you would train a dog.
That is, don’t insist your child say “please” every time they ask for something. It is not a good idea to teach children that please is a magic word. Your child might grow tired of using polite words before they even understand their meaning.
Be Polite When Correcting Behavior
When your child does something wrong, even if it is embarrassingly wrong, don’t rant and rave about it, stick to being polite. Get on one knee, so you are at his or her level, place your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eye and gently explain what they did wrong.
The mission of Kid Scholars Academy in Sugar Land is simple – we want your child to excel in every possible way. We provide a nurturing approach to learning so they can develop socially, emotionally, physically, and academically without restriction. Call us today!