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It's so lovely to hear children talk politely, it isn't hard to teach them a few basic manners even when they are little. Here are a few reminders of some manners we could share with our children. The best way is to lead by example, so try to stick to these rules yourself too!
- Say please and thank you.
- Do not interrupt when adults are talking. Say, "excuse me" and wait for their attention.
- Do not share family secrets or delight in telling tales in public.
- Ask permission, don't just assume its okay to do what you like.
- Don't make observations about other people (e.g. big nose, funny hair etc). Keep opinions to your self - unless they are complements!
- Answer when someone talks to you and make eye contact.
- Say thank you after a party or a tea play date.
- Ask for things to be passed down the table rather than reach.
- Don't make fun of someone else or say you won't be their friend for some reason.
- If you accidentally bump someone, say sorry.
- Don't use unkind words or ugly words.
- Don't laugh at another child's efforts or attempts at doing something.
- Don't pick your nose.
- If a parent or teachers asks for help, offer it and do the task willingly.
- Use cutlery not fingers for meal times.
- Use a napkin not your sleeve to wipe your mouth after meals and a tissue for your nose!
- Knock on closed doors and wait for an answer.
Thank you for reading... and good luck!