Going Beyond Please, Thank you, and Excuse me

When your children have mastered saying these three kind words to others, you can move on to teaching them these life-skills to ensure you are raising a kind and considerate child who has impeccable manners.

If you spend time teaching your children these additional courtesies, it will make them stand out among their peers and enable them to soar to their full potential in many situations.

Teach them how to shake hands with a firm handshake, eye contact and a warm smile.

Teach them to open the door for others and hold the door open if others are following behind them.

Teach your sons how to pull out a chair for girls and women at the table.

Teach your children to be quiet during concerts, movies and during religious services, unless they are asked to participate during these events.

Show them the correct way to hold their fork, knife and spoons. Yes, even children can hold a butter knife to cut their food if they mimic your movements in a safe manner.

Show them how to solve disagreements with words instead of being aggressive with their fists.

Show them how to be respectful of others’ property and ideas.

Remind them to write thank-you notes.

Remind them of their personal appearance and how to make a good impression.

Remind them to always show kindness and they will go far in life.

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