Etiquette Rules for your Children

Dear Parents,

I have mentioned the importance of one’s manners and image; however, a problem that has been occurring lately is the etiquette styles of young children. I understand that they are children and one has the idea that they will grow out of it or simply, since they are children, it is acceptable. I am writing this, to remind you that it is not acceptable. The earlier you teach a child about good manners the easier their adult life would be.

There are ten etiquette rules that all children should learn, this should not be ignore simply because they are kids.

  1. How to properly Dine
  • Teach your children to always use the utensils from the outside in. Just let them know that with each plate set on the table, to simply get the utensil at the end and to continue moving inward as a new plate arrives.
  • Telephone Manners
  • Nowadays most kids have cell phones; however, if they do call a house line, it is important that they learn to identify themselves to the person who answers before they ask to speak to their friends. Example, “Hello, this is Amy, may I please speak to Christina?
  • RSVP
  • Show your kids the meaning of this, tell them this stands for “respond if you please”. If they receive an invitation for a party, tell them to RSVP with their friends. Let them know that if you do not RSVP you will not be able to go. Also, after your child RSVP, as a parent it is polite to inform the parent of the friend that your child will be attending.
  • Clean Shoes
  • Let your children know as they get dressed to be sure that their shoes are well-maintained. Remind them that people associate the way one takes care of themselves by the way they handle their shoes. Teach them to always take good care of their shoes and clothing.
  • Open Mind towards Food
  • Make sure they always try the food that is placed in front of them, even if it is a plate they have tasted in the past. Try to always make it a habit to have your children try new foods. If they don’t like it, it is okay, at least they tried it.
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Grabbing the roll of bead and taking a bite of it is bad etiquette. Teach your children to break the roll into bite sizes before eating it. Make sure they never double dip and to avoid making butter sandwiches.
  • Questions
  • When with friends or family, remind your kid to always ask them questions about themselves. Remind your kids that doing this shows that you are interested in their interest and that it will make their friends or family happy. Nevertheless, make sure they don’t ask too many questions one doesn’t like to feel like they are being interrogated.
  • Be Friendly
  • Be nice to the new kid and don’t bully any of the kids because they are different. Being nice can get you a long way and being a bully shows weakness.
  • Please and Thank you
  • From the moment they start to speak, teach your children how to say please and thank you. If they wish to have something, make sure they say please and once handed to them make sure they say thank you.
  • Apologizing
  • Teach your children if they have done something wrong or have done something to hurt someone else, to apologize.
As parents, remember that you too need to follow these rules. You can not expect your children to have good manners if you do not apply to the rules. Your image and manners affects them, they learn by you. Which simply means, always be on your best image.

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