If you want your kids to be well mannered grown- ups and pass the same to their kids, then the time to teach them manners is well at grass root level only. It’s only when they are kids that you need to do the task. Be it simple manners like saying please, thankyou, sorry and so on to greeting people on meeting them, from table manners to manners around public behavior, needs to be done so that your kids turn out to be civilized human beings when they grow up.
Off course, it isn’t a cake walk by needs to be done. Here’s run down a few tips to help you sail through the process with a bit of ease.
First things first, preaching your children will never ever work. It’s like putting your point across the ears, in from one and out from the other. So, try to put your point across in a way that it reaches them and stays with them.
As per director of Emily Post Institute, Peggy post who also is a writer of umpteen books on etiquette, using story telling method for teaching them manners is a very good idea. Kids are fond of fairy tales, stories of kings, queens and battles. You may use these people and weave stories around them to teach them how to greet others, wear clothes and behave, to name a few.
Patricia Tice, PhD and a business etiquette expert using the sing a song method to teach etiquettes to her little toddlers clients. The songs they sing help them learn the manners. So, they sing and learn.
Now, for example you want your kids to learn some table manners like holding the spoon, saying please and thankyou and more, a rehearsal session at home could work well. Off-course with a catch viz. if the kids pass the rehearsal, they would get a reward like dinner at one of their favorite restaurants at the end of the week. This would definitely work well with kids. Rewards do always isn’t it.
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