A preschooler is mainly focused on playtime, with friends and family. Food and sleep are main requirements, meaning a toddler is not necessarily focused on being polite or minding their manners. Children of a young age learn from what they see. It is our job as parents to instill good manners and promote healthy discipline to ensure our children learn how to be respectful and polite. By working on good habits at such a young age, you can be sure your child will develop into a respectful teenager and adult. Below are a few tips to begin grooming your child with politeness.
Children learn from watching. That old adage ‘Do as I say, not as I do’ is not something to adhere by today. Children see how you behave and will act accordingly. If your child sees you mistreating someone, they believe it is acceptable behavior. Show by example. Say please and thank you. Use situations in your everyday life as a way to teach the child. Share with your spouse and point out why you do so. When your child hands you something, say thank you and teach them to say your welcome. Politeness goes a long way in life and starting your child early can only be beneficial.
Do Not Interrupt
One of the most annoying habits that is considered to be completely rude is interrupting. From bosses to family members, no one likes to be interrupted while speaking. Teach your child to wait patiently to tell you something. A prime example of this can be when you are on the telephone. It seems whenever a parent is speaking to someone on the phone, the child naturally needs to tell them something. Teach your child to wait quietly while you are on the phone to then tell you what they needed to say. This will teach both patience and manners.
Teach your child to be polite when meeting someone or in greeting. This can help with shyness as well as self-esteem. Say hello and goodbye, how are you, etc. Teach your child different greetings which can be used in many different situations. This can be best done with small children in play. Pretend to have a store or restaurant and greet customers properly. This can be the building block for teaching your child how to greet nicely.
Table manners are of the utmost importance, especially if you wish to take your child out in public. To help the youngster learn how to behave, be sure to have family dinners at home. Set the table and prepare a nice meal. Your toddler can learn how to sit at the table during the duration of the meal and how to act at the dinner table. From holding their fork properly to speaking in an inside voice, you can teach your child a plethora of manners simply by spending time together.
One way to raise a thoughtful child is to show love in the home. From hugging to kisses, your child needs to feel loved in every way. When you show love, your child can feel wanted and want to show love back. This will help to promote strong feelings of friendliness to strangers as well as friends and family. Show your children how to love one another to become better people in society.
Overall, it is important to take time out with your child. Spend time with them, being a shining example. When you do, your child will benefit from the time spent as well as lessons learned.
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