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Children's Etiquette

Do you remember your parents reminding you that actions speak louder than words? As parents we must remember "monkey see, monkey do". We have the ability to instill respect, compassion, empathy, generosity, kindness and all the good attributes we wish our children to possess. It is these manners that are skills which will benefit children for life in school, church, friendships and work. These wonderful behaviors of our children make our lives as parents much easier as our little ones develop good character!
 
Following are some basic manners to teach your child by telling them and showing them:

~ Be nice to people.
~ Look people in the eyes when you speak to them or are spoken to.
~ Say “Please” when you ask for something. 
~ Say “Thank You” when someone gives you something or compliments you.
~ Say “You’re Welcome” when someone thanks you. 
~ Do not interrupt others when they are talking.
~ Share.
~ Offer to help people.
~ Let guests go first.
~ Greet someone by looking them in the eye, shake their hand and say "It's nice to meet you." 
~ If one accidentally burps, say "excuse me."
~ When someone sneezes, say "God bless you."
~ If you need to get past someone, say "pardon me."
~ Send "thank you" notes after receiving a gift or help.


Here are a couple of links to websites that offer some guidelines to teaching table manners. 

~ Children's Table Manners

~ Table Manners for Kids