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Helping your child master these simple rules of etiquette will get him noticed -- for all the right reasons. By David Lowry, Ph.D. Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.Manner #1 When asking for something, say "Please."
Manner #9 When you have spent time at your friend's house. or between you and your friends." Related: Kid-Made Thank You Notes Manner #3 Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. Manner #5 When you have any doubt about doing something. tell them and then ask them how they are. Manner #10 Knock on closed doors -. of course.and wait to see if there's a response -. it's to compliment them. the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation. Keep negative opinions to yourself. It can save you from many hours of grief later. Related: Raise Polite Kids Manner #8 When people ask you how you are. .before entering. and out of earshot of adults.Manner #2 When receiving something. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking. ask permission first. say "Thank you. Manner #6 The world is not interested in what you dislike. which is always welcome. Manner #7 Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless. remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had. Manner #4 If you do need to get somebody's attention right away.
Related: How to Handle Inappropriate Behavior Manner #19 . sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. Grown-ups already know all those words. Manner #12 Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. Related: Print and Color Cards for Birthdays. In the age of e-mail. and ganging up on someone else is cruel.Manner #11 When you make a phone call. immediately say "Excuse me. and they find them boring and unpleasant. Thank-Yous and More! Manner #13 Never use foul language in front of adults. Manner #15 Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Manner #17 If you bump into somebody. Manner #14 Don't call people mean names. a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect. and don't pick your nose in public. introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling. The performers and presenters are doing their best. Teasing shows others you are weak." Related: Quiz: What's Your Parenting Style? Manner #18 Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. Related: Raise a Compassionate Kid Manner #16 Even if a play or an assembly is boring.
" That person will likely want to help you again. Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine. Manner #25 Don't reach for things at the table." do so -.As you walk through a door. . Manner #21 When an adult asks you for a favor. say "thank you. ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do. or a neighbor working on something. If you are unsure how to do so. This is especially true with teachers! Manner #23 Use eating utensils properly. Manner #20 If you come across a parent.you may learn something new. Related: Use this Table-Setting Map as a Guide Manner #22 When someone helps you. McVeigh Weighs in on Proper Utensil Use and More! Manner #24 Keep a napkin on your lap. a teacher. use it to wipe your mouth when necessary. ask to have them passed. Related: Mrs. look to see if you can hold it open for someone else. See more on teaching manners to your toddlers and preschoolers. ask if you can help. If they say "yes. do it without grumbling and with a smile.