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November Blog 2023: Manners

November 4, 2023

November Blog 2023: Manners

 

“Manners Maketh Man”

 

Quote by

 

William of Wykenham (1324-1404)

Bishop of Winchester and Chancellor of England

 

This proverb shows how politeness, good manners and civility are essential to humanity.

Teaching children good manners goes hand in hand with respect.

Rudeness is not acceptable in society.

 

What do we mean by good manners?

  • Be respectful
  • Be kind and considerate
  • The importance of sharing
  • Treat others how you would like to be treated
  • Listen attentively to others
  • Greet people by name, making eye contact
  • Say please and thank-you
  • Be a good sportsman, take turns, accept help. Be gracious in defeat
  • Table manners. Not chewing with your mouth open. Asking for things you cannot reach
  • Holding doors open
  • Knock before entering a closed door
  • Respect other people’s belongings and privacy. Seek permission before taking or touching someone else’s things
  • Not interrupting when someone is speaking
  • Blowing noses properly, cover mouth when coughing

 

How can we develop manners in children?

  • Start by teaching please and thank-you, sorry, excuse me, goodbye, and the importance of sharing.
  • Be a good role model: Say please and thank-you, apologise for mistakes, be helpful and respectful.
  • Have clear and high expectations at home and when out of the house.
  • Praise good behaviour. The child will know it is appreciated and valued.
  • Teach how to behave and eat in a restaurant.
  • Encourage writing and sending thank-you cards for gifts received.
  • Requests should not be considered without a please and thank-you.
  • Remember repetition, repetition, repetition. The message will sink in slowly.

 

It can be a challenge to raise well mannered children. Start young so the behaviour becomes internalised and normal. It must become a habit.

 

 

 

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