How to teach manners to our child(ren) starts first with us parents being right with manners. There are various ways to teach manners but We would consider some few…by bringing our attention to some certain manners we sometimes over look on regular basis.
First we are going to consider starting polite words with our children. By introducing it to them from an early age. Its very important to use polite words with our children as early as possible. Such words like please , thank you , and sorry.
The earlier we get our child(ren) accustomed to these simple manners, the more natural it will become for them to say it as they grow up and the better it will help them when participating in social interactions. It will takes a bit of time for this habit to be formed and our job as parents is to constantly insist on hearing them say it. Teaching them to say “Please” and “Thank you” or “am sorry” is one of the cardinal foundations of good manners.
As kids get older, parents can encourage them to write thank you notes, preferably with pen and paper. It doesn’t rest only on learning to say thank you for gifts that they receive; but they should also be taught to say thank you to people who assist or serve them, such as waiters in restaurants, and even their mom and dad when they do something for them in the course of their daily routines. We should also teach them to say am sorry when the need arise.
Do not let your kids interrupt. I have experienced children interrupting their parents in the course of a discussion/conversation with a friend, on call or in a meeting just to get attention. Children will like to seek and demand our attention every second if we allow them to, sometimes for things that are not relevant. It is our duty as parents, to teach our children how to act in social situations—this includes teaching them to wait for their turn to talk or say “excuse me” if its really important before interrupting.
Train your child(ren) into the habit of waiting his/her turn to speak: This is one thing a lot of children, especially younger ones have trouble with. It is because children often want to express their thoughts to their parents or caregiver as soon as something occurs. Due to children been naturally self-centred, we may sometimes have to remind them to wait until someone finished speaking before they speak.