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Parenting advice: Ways to teach good manners to your children

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By Miniland

September 6, 2017

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Kindness and respect are two of the most important personal attributes, and many parents strive to ensure that they instill these values and manners in their children. However, children today are very different to how they were decades ago and there is a different set of influences on their manners that can make it quite difficult to teach them.

TV, video games and other access to technology can teach children bad manners. It’s understandable that parents can be overwhelmed when it comes to teaching manners to their children in a world where they aren’t valued much with the youth anymore.

Here are some parenting tips on how to teach your children manners:

Please, thank you and excuse me

These three values are at the very core of teaching your children manners and how to be polite. The great thing is that they are also three pretty easy manners to instill in them. From a young age, you should get your child to use “please” in every request, “thank you” to kind gestures and “excuse me” or “pardon” to every imposition.

These are wonderful habits for your children to get into that will form the basis of developing good manners in the long run.

Table manners

Table manners can be quite a difficult task to handle when it comes to young children. They like to play, throw and spit their food all over the place, and getting them to behave at the table isn’t necessarily simple. By the age of three, your child should be able to comfortably use utensils, wipe their mouth with a napkin and sit still for longer periods of time. It’s important to encourage them to behave at the table and to give them a strict word when they throw food or misbehave at the table.

They will also learn their table manners through watching you and the rest of the family. So ensure that the whole family’s manners are up to scratch and your child shouldn’t have too much of a problem.

Learning how to share

Sharing is an incredibly important value for your children to develop. Nobody likes people that don’t share, and if they don’t develop this from a young age, they will struggle to make friends. You can teach your child to share more easily if you have other siblings, but it doesn’t need to be too difficult if they are a single child either.

Encourage your child to share his/her toys with you and their friends or siblings. Praise them when they do share and make sure that they know you are disapproving when they are selfish. Show them the positive attributes of sharing with friends and the fun that can be had when there is more than one person to play with.

Kindness, appreciation, and empathy

We live in a world that is increasingly run by digital means, and this has resulted in impersonal, cold interactions that have, in turn, produced a generation that is lacking in kindness, empathy and appreciation. You need to let your child know the importance of these values. They need to know how lucky they are to have a home, a family, and food on the table, and they need to have empathy, and kindness towards that don’t have what they do.

These attributes won’t just make them into better people but will most likely benefit them throughout their lives, as they will be recognized by friends, family, bosses, and colleagues that will appreciate these qualities in them.

Educational toys are also a great way to teach children manners.

At Miniland, we have developed educational toys that encourage the development of social skills, values, and manners in children of all ages. Contact us for more information.

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