Tuesday, July 22, 2008

How To Teach Your Child Manners

How To Teach Your Child Manners

The most difficult period of upbringing a child is when you have to teach him good manners and behavior. You need to have a lot of patience and tolerance to make sure you do not end up losing your temper and making a mess out of it. Though it is impossible to train toddlers, you need to slowly start telling your kid what is good and what is bad when he/she starts to grow up. It will not only make hi a responsible adult in future, but also ensure that you, as a parent are successful in the good upbringing of the kid.

Tips for Teaching Good Manners to Your Child

Your children will set you as their role model. Unless you are at your best behavior, you cannot expect the child to be at his best behavior. So, set a good example for your children and portray a behavior that you would want them to follow.

It is not possible to teach the child everything in one go. It is only as and when the child matures that he is able to understand things the way they are. Teach basic manners and train the child when he is around 3 years old; then move on to instilling etiquettes and politeness. Do not expect a two year old to stop chewing with his mouth open because you said so.

If you want your child to talk politely, do that yourself.Use words like 'thank you', 'sorry', etc. yourself. When you do that, you are encouraging the child to do that too. Take care of what language you use, since children tend to imitate how adults speak.

Teach your child to talk to others with respect. Ask them to call your friends by adding Mr. or Ms. before their name. Teach the kid how to shake hands and smile and answer when asked something. Also, train the kid how to behave when in public or at someone else's home.

If your child behaves in a bad way, do not ignore it. Take the child to a corner and talk about it there and then. Address bad behavior as soon as it is exhibited. If the child breaks a rule, do not reprimand but do address the issue in a firm manner. Never ever reprimand or scold the child in front of others.

Do not keep advising your child about good behavior. If he does exhibit it, appreciate him and acknowledge the behavior. This will encourage the child to take you even more seriously and be at his best behavior always.

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