Etiquette: What Every Kids Should Know!
Most children act on impulse, not knowing whether or not it’s good for them. Also, most parents want their children to understand how to behave but are unsure where to begin.
There are several ways you can teach your child basic etiquette. But importantly, setting an example on your own and staying consistent.
Etiquette should be taught at a very early age because once bad habits are formed, it’s difficult to unlearn. As parents, you should realize that you become your children’s role models from the time they’re born.
How And Where To Start!
To teach your children etiquette and introduce good manners to kids, you must start with the very basic. And yes, like everything else in life, it should start from your home. The right age to begin basic etiquette is between 3 and 4 years. Start with age-appropriate etiquette and slowly move to other rules that you think are good for your child.
Don’t overwhelm them with too much etiquettes and manners for which they are not ready yet.
Add New Etiquette As The Child Gets Older
Good etiquette never goes out of style, and you must introduce good manners for kids. It’s one habit that stays for a lifetime, and people that follow these are seen with awe.
When you think that your child has accomplished basic good manners and is old enough to be given a new set of etiquette rules, let them know. Also, tell them how proud you are of seeing them well behaved and well-mannered all this while.
Greet By Name
Greeting anyone is considered a sign of respect and it also means the person is valued. Teach your children to greet children their age by name or ask if they don’t know.
Elders should be called either uncle or aunty, as this is how elders are addressed in India. In India, according respect is one of the vital aspects when we talk about good manners for kids.
Teach your child to add positive comments like “It’s nice to meet you,” “Have a good day,” ”Happy to meet you,” “Thanks for having me here,” Have a great day,” every time they meet someone. Adding positive comments at the beginning itself is essential. It shows the value your child attaches to the person he/she is speaking to.
Whether it’s a Diwali party or even a family get-together, when your child says something like “Thank you for having me,” “Thank you for inviting me,” it shows gratitude and something that will remain for life with your child. All these are small comments but makes a big statement when it comes to etiquette and manners.
Children are always fussy eaters, and they will still create a mess wherever they eat. Well, it’s not their fault, just that they are learning to eat. You need to teach them the table manners such as not overloading their plate.
Teach them about taking only as much as they need. Not leaving food behind on plates, holding spoons right, or ensuring the food doesn’t drip on their clothes eating with hands.
You can also teach them how to use cutlery so that they can hold it right. The table manners cover a large part of how the kid will behave at a party or an international school gathering or social gathering.
Not To Stare At Anything Or Anyone
Well, this is something most children do, most of the time unintentionally. While there’s no harm in staring at something interesting, there are people that might take offense and raise an objection.
Children wouldn’t know what is good or bad staring. So it’s always good that you teach them to not stare at anything or any person.
This is one of the most comfortable and most basic etiquette you can teach them.
- ‘Please’ when asking for something.
- ‘Thank you’ when receiving something.
- ‘Excuse me’ when asking for something or entering an open room.
- ‘Knock’ on the door before entering.
Keep To Their Opinion
Teach your child that if they have any negative opinion about anyone or anything, they must keep it to themselves or between friends. The world in particular and adults specifically are not interested in their opinion.
Tell them not to comment on people’s food habits, appearance, and color. If they do, tell them that this is the age to study and not comment on their physical characteristics.
Tell them to be appreciative of everything and everyone. They can keep their opinions to themselves. You must also tell them not to use foul language in front of adults.
There are possibilities that the child might learn bad words in their CBSE schools due to individual students. You must tell them in exact comments that it’s not acceptable at home and certainly not in front of the adults.
Children must be taught to cover their mouth and nose when they cough or sneeze. Also, teach them not to pick their noses in public as it’s not just gross, but also reflect poor upbringing.
Below you will find a list of manners and etiquette that you can teach them:
Not to speak badly about food when eating lunch or dinner at a host’s house.
Not to reach for anything without reach.
Ask adults in the house to give it.
Find the rightful owner of lost property or give it to the adult in the home for safe custody.
Not to spit, intentionally to burp or break wind, throwing things away in anger, or interrupting.
To grow as responsible adults, etiquette are essential for every child. The etiquette you teach today to your child will carry over into adulthood and help make them into successful friends, family persons, and professionals.
All the hard work and effort they have put into teaching your children basic etiquette will allow him to handle himself in a civilized world.
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