As parents we have our make or break topics. One of mine is manners. My kid doesn’t have to be the smartest in their class, they don’t have to be the best player on their team, but by golly they better have the best manners wherever they go.
I try to model good behavior. I say please, thank you, you’re welcome, etc. I smile when I speak to someone. I try not to be mean to customer service people, and if I see someone in need of help (a door that could be opened, a hand that can be offered, I do my best). I want my children to do the same. The world is such a large and busy place, but with just a smile, and a little politeness it doesn’t seem quite so frightening. Now I am not expecting my children to help a stranger, they know there are limits because of safety. However, when they see a teacher at school struggling with their books opening the classroom door, or a fellow student unable to zip their backpack, I have noticed them helping. What warms my heart the most? When they help their siblings, without being prompted.
So what is so great about manners? They aren’t much when you think in the grand scheme of things. But we have all seen those commercials where one small good deed sets of a string of good deeds, that can eventually change someone’s entire day, or their entire life. It is the small things that make the big things happen. So I try very hard to incorporate manners in to my life, and my children’s lives.
Manners are simple little things to add in to our daily lives, so take a look at some of the ways manners are described by KidsTime. Do you have any manners you and your family practice that you think should be added?