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Parenting Tips on how to inculcate good manners in children?

  • 28 May 2022

A well-mannered child will stand out in today’s world for all the right reasons. Initiating with saying “Please” and “Thank You,” and using good table manners will make your child shine out in a crowd. Being one of the best school in Mohali, we try to work on this dimension to ensure the holistic development of the child.

Why to start lessons on mannerism early?

It is important to inculcate good manners in a child’s life because it helps children to make effective interactions with their friends as well as make good impressions on a public platform. This also makes them positive throughout the day. Therefore, it is the very duty of parents, teachers, and elders to teach manners to their children. 

But why to start early? Children at a young age have incredibly absorbent brains. They remember what they are taught with clarity, and their minds absorb everything much faster than they would at a later age. Being an early years’ facilitator at one of the best international schools in Mohali, I have observed the same in my class as well.

Manners play an important role in an individual’s life. It is never too early to start teaching children the importance of etiquette. So, mannerism is something which we should inculcate in young ones in the early years.

How can we teach children mannerism?

Teaching good manners can seem a little tricky, however. Help your child master basic manners with these discipline strategies:

  • Use Praise

Praise your child whenever you catch them using good manners. For young children, this may mean saying, “Great job remembering to say ‘thank you.'” Praise older kids for putting their phones away when they’re at the dinner table or for shaking hands when greeting a new person.

  • Model Polite Behavior

The best way to teach your child any new skill is to be a good role model. When your child sees you speaking politely to others and using your manners, they will pick up on that.

  • Role-Play Tricky Situations

One should lead via examples to their young ones how to behave in a situation just like the way we want them to behave like. One may play situation based games and give a reward for best answer.

  • Keep the children informed

Before going out we can give a brief about where are we going, why are we going and how to behave there. Constant reminders also play an eminent role in such situations. Gradually, children will maintain their manners irrespective of the place they are in.

  • Keep age-appropriate expectations

We cannot expect a toddler to behave like a teen or a teen to behave like an adult. We should keep our expectations appropriate and teach them gradually. Toddlers can be taught about maintaining discipline, greeting everyone, being kind; mid-aged children can be taught about respecting equality, diversity and inclusion; and adults can be guided on advanced skills like phone etiquette, respecting perspectives, etc.

I hope this blog will help the parent community to work in sync with the school community to maintain the ethos of mannerism as per the best International Schools.

 

Thoughts by:

Ms. Shanti Bhamra

Home Room Teacher, Grade EYP 1, Oakridge International School Mohali

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