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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on October 1, 2015

Manners: 12 Basic Manners Every Child Should Know

Do you want to raise a polite, kind, well-like child?   Here are 12 manners every child should know. Focus on these basics of etiquette and you will be amazed about how often your child will be noticed—for the right reasons!

These simple manners may seem like common sense to you, but children need to learn how to be polite.  Take the time to reinforce these basics while your child is young.  You will thank us later.

    1. Please  – When asking for anything, always say “please.”
    2. Thank You  – When receiving something always say, “thank you.”
    3. Do Not Interrupt  – Do not interrupt grown-ups when they are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency.
    4. Excuse Me  – 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.
    5. Ask Permission  – When you have doubt about doing something, ask permission first.  It can save you many hours of grief later.
    6. Compliment Don’t Criticize  – Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.
    7. Excuse Me…again!  – If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.
    8. No Mean Names  – Don’t call people mean names and do not make fun of anyone for any reason.
    9. Cover Your Mouth  – Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public!
    10. Use a Napkin  – Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
    11. Don’t Reach  – Don’t reach for items at the table; ask to have them passed to you.
    12. Introduce Yourself  – When you make a phone call, introduce yourself and ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

“While it’s normal for preschoolers to still be self-centered, teaching manners reminds them that other people in the world matter and deserve respect,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

Manners for 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds©, developed by The American School of Protocol®, is now a part of the curriculum at Prestige Preschool Academy.

Read more about Manners:

Manners Matter – Parents magazine     Manners Every Kid Should Know – Parents magazine