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12 Manners All Kids Should Know and Parent Should Be Encouraging

By Devan McGuinness |

I will be one of the first to admit, I have a fair collection of little things that are big peeves of mine. I have an issue with space bubbles and noise and people just generally not respecting that other people live in the same space. I am not just talking about here in my house — but in the general public.

Yes, I do wonder sometimes where the manners and common sense have gone off to. I believe there are some key manners and ways of acting that should always be respected — whether that be a from an adult or a child (age appropriate of course). There are some manners and courtesies that can be easily learned from a very early age, but I find myself wondering at times if I am the only one who believes them because I see so many not respecting them.

Click through for 12 manners I wish all kids knew and parents would enforce:

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12 Manners Kids Should Know

Please and Thank You

A simple concept that can be mastered very early. Say please when you want something or are answering and say thank you when you receive.
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{Please note: these manners listed and the snark I’ve applied to how kids should know them by a certain age are referring only to ‘neuro-typical’ children}

:: What is the most important manner you want your kids to know? ::

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8 thoughts on “12 Manners All Kids Should Know and Parent Should Be Encouraging

  1. Jessica says:

    Any recommendations on how to teach some of them? I’ve been working for months on trying to get my 5 year old to remember to chew with his mouth closed! It’s completely gross, but I have no idea how to get him to remember.

  2. Kristen says:

    OMG you read my mind, only I need advice on how to teach this to my husband and MIL. We have a baby coming soon and children learn by example. I can’t stand chewing with your mouth open or talking with your mouth full. HUGE. I feel like I need to put up signs like we live in an elementary school around here – and the funny thing is that my MIL was a school teacher. I realize now that my parents gave me a gift by teaching me manners!

  3. Sandy says:

    I only know that manners are not something you can teach. They have to be showed to children how, and once they are taught by actions, what are the good results and feelings they will get. I’ve been trying to be a model for my little daughter too.

  4. Dawn Rose says:

    I don’t claim to be a perfect parent, and I feel lucky that my kids have excellent manners (please and thank you were among their 1st 10 words) But it makes me nuts when my 4 year old plays with the kids next door that have a total disregard for the people around them. I try to limit how much time she spend with them because she brings their bad habits home and it takes days to unlearn their behavior (which their parents excuse) but I also don’t want her to be a shut-in, and I want her to have fun playing with other kids. I understand kids will be kids, but there’s a difference between being energetic and being just plain rude.

  5. Lizzy says:

    @Dawn Rose, I’m having the exact same experience. My daughter, also 4, gets complimented on her manners all the time. She has one neighborhood friend whose nanny always says what a dear polite girl she is. She picks up very bad habits from this very same friend. I’m appalled at the way the child talks to me, and it also takes days for her to unlearn those bad habits! It’s good to know I’m not alone. I want her to have friends, but maybe just… different friends?

  6. Samantha at ShesNotBroken says:

    I intend to teach my daughter to write thank you notes for gifts received. It was one of the things my mother impressed on me as a child and I didn’t full appreciate til I was an adult.

  7. eileen says:

    Perhaps the ill mannered children will learn from their more fortunate friends and vice versa and find a middle road which is where most of us exhist

  8. eileen says:

    I had eight children all grew up with good manners but an easy relaxed way with people less fortunate

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