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How to teach your child to be polite


For some reason nowadays, many parents are not teaching their child good manners, and that it includes being polite. This is odd since raising a polite child is important if you want them to become a responsible and productive member of society. It is best to start working young on their politeness skills, this is because at a young age they are much more likely to absorb what you are trying to say, and then act upon it.

You will need to teach your child to act polite to others around them, especially adults. For example, addressing elders by formal terms and never raising their voice to an adult. Sure, they may not be doing this in the future, but it is a fantastic start as the whole thing about politeness is based around respect and there is not a better way to do this.

Don’t teach them manners beyond their own age. For example, at the start you will want to teach them how to say please and thank you. As they get older you may want to teach them a little about sitting with the correct posture, or perhaps even the best way to leave a room when they want to excuse themselves from a group of people.

If you are going to teach your child politeness then it is important that you do it in your day to day life, after all, children mimic the behaviour of their parents, and if you are caught being ‘impolite’ then your child will pick up on this and do the same thing in the future. Of course, sometimes it isn’t possible to remain ‘polite’ around your child at all times, therefore you will want to praise your child if you see them being polite. The desire to receive this praise is much strong than the desire to mimic, and thus hopefully you will be able to eradicate the undesirable behaviour.

One technique that many parents and teachers use when teaching politeness is ‘Role Play’. During this role play you will teach your child how to deal with a number of different situations. In this case it isn’t simply about teaching politeness, but teaching them vital life skills that they will go on and use for the rest of their life.

Children love books and movies. So why not grab some fantastic ones which have underlying morals of politeness? Once again, the child’s desire to mimic comes into action here. The double benefit is that if they see ‘politeness’ in action in the movies or books, it will make them much more aware of the times that they are being polite, which of course is motivational.

You should not reward your child if they use bad manners. It is suggested that you use a points and reward system. If they have good manners then reward them with a sticker, if they are rude then take one away. Once they have a certain amount of stickers then you can give them a reward.

As you can see, it isn’t too difficult to teach your child politeness, just follow a couple of the tips above and you will be well on your way to having a child who is polite in all situations. The final point to remember is that all children can be taught to be polite, you just need to know what to do.

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