Is your toddler misbehaving at public places? Does he throw tantrums when some guest visits at you? Then, it is high time you taught your child some manners and etiquettes. It is extremely important that children learn manners and etiquettes at an early stage itself. Good manners and etiquettes have to be taught at home. Parents have the biggest responsibility of influencing their children in good conduct and behavior. By teaching your children to be well mannered, you are teaching them to be responsible individuals. Good etiquette training is essential for building and strengthening characters.
Some of the good etiquettes, you should teach your children are to behave properly at public places, proper table manners, phone manners , good values like sharing and caring etc. You also have to teach them the basics of honesty and kindness. The earlier you can teach your children etiquettes and manners the better it will be. It is a valuable skill which will become useful to children throughout their lives. Good manners and etiquettes will help them to be comfortable at social events, at school and later in life when they have to attend public functions. It will also help them in their professional lives when they have to meet new clients. Here are some useful tips by which you can teach your kids some manners and etiquettes.
Start training your child as early as possible
Kids are never too young to be taught good habits and manners. Teach them simple manners like washing the hands before sitting at the dining table. Parents can teach children that they should chew quietly and keep a good hygiene. You must also make him understand that he should not interrupt elders when they are talking.
Lead by example
Before you start teaching your kid good habits and manners, keep in mind that it is important that you show your children by real examples. In fact parents are the biggest role models for their children. Children by nature tend to imitate their elders. Instead of telling your child that he should brush his teeth before bed, you show him by brushing your teeth yourself at night. Slowly your child will understand that it is good for him and automatically start following you. Show him the importance of asking permission when he borrows something from his friend. You can show him by promptly returning something to its owner.
Use proper words
When your children see you being polite to others, he or she will naturally follow your suit. So teach your children to say “please and thank you” by saying it yourself. Apologize to him if you accidentally knock him over by saying sorry to him. In this way, you will be teaching him to respect other people’ feelings .You should be careful about the languages you use in front of the children as they will mimic you speak.
Encourage and appreciate your children
Many parents commit the biggest mistake in their life by not acknowledging their children. So make it appoint to appreciate your child for his good manners. By appreciating the manners, you are reinforcing polite behavior.
Do not ignore bad behavior
Parents often commit the mistake of ignoring bad behavior of their children. Whenever your child makes a mistake, address him in privately and make him understand about his bad behavior. Never address hi mistakes in public as it will hurt your child. Give him little punishments for his mistakes so that he does not repeat his mistakes.
Whether you are punishing your children or rewarding your children for their good manners, be consistent. Your child must understand the fact that by doing god things he will be rewarded and by committing mistakes he will be punished. In this way, he will try to do more good things.
Avoid nagging or pressurizing
Never pressurize or nag your children for displaying good manners .If you nag them or pressurize them, they are less likely to behave courteously as you want them to be.
Proper table manners
Apart from imbibing good values like honesty and compassion, your child should learn proper table manners. Show him how to be courteous at the dinner table by asking the salt to be passed instead of grabbing it. Make him realize the importance of saying “please “when you want something from him.
Be a good listener
Children listen to people who are ready to listen to them. Whenever, your child wants you to listen to him be patient and listen to him. A child may have curiosity about what is happening around him. So he is sure to come to you to clear his doubts. Give him a lending ear and try to answer his questions patiently.
Teach kindness and compassion
Try to inflict values of kindness and compassion to fellow beings in your child by showing kindness to other people. Some children start throwing things at other people when they are angry. Parents should show their children how to control their anger by being a good example.
Today’s children are tomorrow’ citizens. It is the responsibility of the parents to turn their children into responsible citizens. It reflects on the parents what they have been teaching all these years. Whenever your child behaves nicely, people will start praising him. In fact a good compliment for a child is an achievement to his parents. Similarly rude behavior is also attributed to the parents. Try to be as good as possible in front of your children that they feel proud following you. Parents are role models for their children. How can a parent expect his child to be polite to others, if he or she is behaving rudely to others? Parents should lead their children by real examples. So start training your children to be responsible by making them understand good manners and etiquettes from the very early stage itself by being agood example to them. Good etiquette training is essential for building and strengthening characters.