Teaching Manners To Children

I don’t know about you, but I eventually want well mannered children. Teaching manners to a 2 year old, however, is a difficult task. It’s a lot like teaching a triangle to roll.teaching manners to your child

My wife and I have been working on “please” and “thank you” with our son since he learned to speak. We’ve used the following strategies:

  • Asking him to rephrase his request the polite way.teaching manners to your child
  • Asking him, “What do you say?” when giving him something.teaching manners to your child
  • Modelling how to give thanks throughout the day when he does something good.teaching manners to your child

When it comes to requesting and thanking us for food, more often than not our son is like the triangle being asked to roll. He has a very hard time remembering to use his “nice words”.

Recently, however, he HAS started thanking us for OTHER things:

  • For holding hands down the stairs. He knows the value of a good hand hold and wants to make sure I know I am being rewarded for my efforts:teaching manners to your child
  • For saving mommy:teaching manners to your child

I’m a little unsure of what he means when he says, “Thank you for saving mommy,” but I’ll take it. It makes me feel like a superhero.teaching manners to your child

As you can see, I don’t really have any magical advice on teaching manners to your children other than to keep at it despite the early results. As with everything, it takes a lot of repetition. Don’t give up! You never know when you’ll grow a cape and save the day with your efforts.


4 thoughts on “Teaching Manners To Children

  1. I’m actually quite good at teaching triangles to roll. It’s a specialty of mine.
    Not sure what you saved me from either but I’m sure you did a good job. You’re my hero.


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