5 Ways to teach your child good manners

By:Suhail Sattar, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Nov 16, 2015

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All parents want their child to be polite and well-mannered, after all it eventually reflects on the parents. In some children, manners come easily while in others, it is a struggle.
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    Good manners and respect

    Being polite or behaving nicely is a way of life and not something you would want to do only when you are in a social gathering such as a wedding or fancy restaurants. It is important to start as soon as possible so that the child grasps it automatically.

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    Polite behavior aids in child’s social development

    It is very likely for a child as young as 2 years old to pick up words such as ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ without understanding what they truly mean. By inculcating such words in the Childs vocabulary, you encourage the kids to use them in their life, which helps them understand its usefulness way before understanding its real meaning.

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    Model manners

    When a child is aged between 2-4 years, he generally starts using specific words to express;words they have heard from your their surroundings. If a child is been exposed to ‘thank you’ and ‘please’, especially while you interact with people around you, he will very likely catch the flavors of a well-mannered talk.

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    Acknowledge the kid

    If your child is alone or doesn't have siblings, you should never turn the kid out, especially when you are in a crowd of adults. Ignoring them would make even the most well-behaved kids to make a nuisance of themselves just to get your attention. Acknowledging their presence would show them that they are valuable.

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    Never force manners

    Language is something that should be enjoyed and not forced. When you expect your child to say please, it should be a part of a good speech and not sound like a requirement or desperation call. You should ensure that the child often hears good things from you so that he assimilates it as a manner and not as a necessity to get things done.

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