Etiquette is so important for our children to learn. As a parent, you are probably thinking that they spend so much time at school learning various subjects, why should they now be burdened by learning proper etiquette?
Etiquette is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “a customary code of polite behavior in society”. In essence, it means good manners. We should all strive to teach our children good manners, for their benefit, our benefit, and society’s as well.
There are many excellent online articles about teaching etiquette. Experts agree that teaching etiquette should start from when the child is young and learning to talk. Simple words such as “please” and “thank you” should become a part of a child’s early vocabulary.
But, etiquette is much more than just a few buzz words. In an online article at townandcountry.com, etiquette expert Myka Meier lists 20 lessons that a child should know:
•The true meaning of etiquette is always to show respect and kindness to everyone around you.
•Use please, thank you, and excuse me every day.
•How to hold your silverware correctly.
•How to properly use a napkin to wipe your mouth.
•How to chew with your mouth closed.
•No elbows on the table.
•Never interrupt an adult when he is speaking to someone else.
•Never comment on someone’s appearance unless it’s to say something nice.
•How to give a compliment to someone else.
•How to write a thank you letter.
•How to help someone in need, particularly if he is less able than you are.
•How to introduce yourself and others properly.
•Be aware of positive body language and how to show it.
•Never call an adult by his first name unless the adult instructs you to do so.
•Always knock on a door before opening it.
•How to answer a phone politely.
•How to make eye contact when speaking to another person.
•Don’t point or stare.
•Always cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
•How to invite someone to join a group if they are alone.
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