Manners every kid should know

  • When asking for something say “please”
  • When receiving something say, “thank you”.
  • Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they have finished talking.
  • If you need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
  • When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first, it can save you from many hours of grief later.
  • Do not comment on people’s physical characteristics unless of course it’s to compliment them. A nice compliment makes people feel good and, is always welcome.
  • When people ask you how you are, tell them and also ask them how they are.
  • When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
  • Knock on closed doors and wait for a response before entering.
  • When you make a phone call introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
  • Be appreciative and say thank you for any gift you receive. In this age of e-mail, a hand written thank you note can have a powerful effect.
  • Do not call people mean names?
  • Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others that you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
  • If a play in an assembly is boring, sit through quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
  • If you bump into someone, immediately say “Excuse me”.
  • Cover your mouth when you cough, yawn and sneeze. Do not pick your nose in public.
  • As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
  • If you come across a teacher, parent or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so. You may learn something new.
  • When an adult asks for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
  • When someone helps you, say “thank you”. That person would likely wants to help you again. This is especially true with teachers.
  • When eating, keep a napkin on your lap, use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
  • Do not reach for things on the table, ask to have them passed.
  • Pay attention to signs and to people giving instructions.
  • Accept the consequences your actions gracefully.
  • Be forgiving


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