Parenting: Manners 101

Etiquette expert, Myka Meier, says manners and basic etiquette should become a part of every child’s life from the time they say their first words. She has put together a list of 20 lessons that need to be enforced at a young age to raise a child with good manners:

Show respect and kindness to everyone around you.Always say please, thank you, and excuse me.How to hold your silverware correctly.How to properly use a napkin.Chewing with your mouth closed.No elbows on the table.No interrupting adults when they are engaged in another conversation.Never comment on another person’s appearance unless it’s complimentary.How to give a compliment.How to write a thank you letter.How to appropriately help out when someone is in need.How to introduce yourself properly.How to use positive body language and proper posture.Never call an adult by their first name unless he or she gives you permission to.Always knock on a closed door before opening it.Phone etiquette.Always maintain eye contact when speaking with someone.Don’t point or stare.Always cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.How to invite someone into your group if he or she is alone. (Good Housekeeping)

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