Every child is known by his behavior. People judge children by observing their manners. Manners are much more than just saying “Please” and “Thank you.” They are ways of showing kindness and consideration. At a young age, it is easy to teach good manners. The best way to educate children is being a good role model because children learn from observation. Learning manners is like learning a new language or a musical instrument. It is very easy to learn something in childhood. So start planting the seeds as your as possible. The foundation of good manners can be strong in young age.
Good manners are lifetime asset. The rewards of this asset are several and the cost is negligible. Manners are taught as soon as the understands what you are saying. In addition, children will need coaching and reminders on manners throughout their childhood. It is best to give positive support, that is, when the child does something right, let them know. The following manners are noteworthy:
How to sit down and stand up properly
· Children should tuck their dress under them so as to avoid creases.
· Always sit up straight with hands forward.
· Always sit with legs together.
· Stand up straight with shoulders squared.
· Walk with confidence.
How to greet people
Use appropriate titles of respect when indicated e.g. Dr. Atanga, Miss Akolgo, Mr. Avinash, Mrs. Akolgo.
Lift up your head and look people in the eyes when you talk to them.
Be sure of the time before greeting. E.g. good morning good afternoon or good night.
Response should be with confidence and end with “Sir, Madam, Uncle or Mr. Gandaa.
Response to “how are you?” should always end with “I am fine or great, thank you.”
Introducing a person. The teacher can invite two children to demonstrate the lesson with her. “Mary Jones and Perter Rogers don’t know each other so the polite thing to do is to introduce them. The teacher turns to the girl and says, “Mary, this is Peter Rogers, Peter, this is Mary Jones.” The children say, “Hello.” To each other.
How to interrupt when necessary
· When passing in between people, always ask for permission. “Say, Excuse me Sir or Madam.
· In the classroom – Lift up your hand quietly and ask your question.
· When leaving the class – “May I be excused to go out or may I go out?”
· Request for something – “May I use/borrow your pen?”
· When permission is granted say “Thank you”.
· Do not forget to use “please”, “thank you”, and “you are welcome” when thanked.
· When someone is inaudible always say, “Pardon me” or “come again please”.
· Open and shut a door quietly behind you.
· When going through a door or elevator always allow those inside to come out before you enter.
· How to hand objects to another person, especially sharp objects like scissors or knives.
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