Manners Matter

When it comes to good manners, one could argue that it takes more than just saying “please” and “thank-you” to be looked upon as a respectful and courteous individual.

It’s important that children learn, at an early age, the principles of good manners and how to show respect and kindness toward relatives, friends and even strangers. World Kindness Week, which is celebrated November 9th to 15th, and the upcoming holiday season offer a perfect opportunity for parents to begin teaching their children good manners and how to be respectful and kind towards others.

The Goddard School includes a Courtesy and Respect program as one of the personal and social development resources in their core curriculum, called Goddard Guide to Getting Along™. Here are some of the skills that are simple to teach in and out of the classroom:

  • Polite greetings, such as saying “hello” and “goodbye,” using a person’s name in their greeting, shaking hands and answering in a clear voice.
  • Getting along with others, by playing fair, being patient, being helpful, being generous and respecting privacy.
  • Table manner skills, taught by showing children what to do before they eat, while they eat and after their meal.
  • Telephone manner skills, such as speaking up so they can be heard, answering the phone with courtesy and hanging up using their goodbye manner words.
  • Everyday manner skills, including being quiet in a library, respecting people who are older, covering one’s mouth when coughing, yawning or sneezing.

It’s important to teach children that having good manners is a reflection of themselves, as well as a reflection of their family. It’s a part of the foundation of learning that they will use the rest of their lives.