“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” — Clarence Thomas
Having good manners is very important in life. Not only do people with good manners make a good impression on others, they also feel good about themselves. A civilised and well-mannered person earns the respect of everyone around him. Therefore, it is the duty of parents to inculcate good manners in their child from an early age.
Good manners can help a child in several ways. According to the article ‘12 Good Manners Your Kid Must Learn’ in indiaparenting.com, ‘One of the best things about learning good manners is that once learned it makes everyone’s life more pleasant. It will make him a successful person eventually because civility is a prerequisite in any society you move in. Similarly, families that practice good manners do not just function well outside, but also experience more optimism and have reduced conflicts internally. You will strengthen the bonding as well’. So, it is very important that we teach our children good manners and their importance.
However, before you start the process of teaching manners to your child, it is important that you understand the basis of good manners. The root of good manners is respect for another person. A child who knows to respect others is always polite and courteous. Teach your child the habit of saying the two most important words, ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. You must also teach your child to say ‘sorry’ and ‘excuse me’. Knocking on the doors before entering, covering his mouth when sneezing, seeking permission before taking anything, not making fun of people are some of the good manners you must teach your child.
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