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Teach your children well

Teach your children well
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An important part of raising your child is teaching them good manners that they are able to apply not only around you, but also when they are on their own.

Being polite can set your child up for success later in life.

Beyond the basic “please” and “thank you,” you want your child to be able to show respect to their elders and know how to be a polite guest.

Enforce these manners from an early age, and your child will catch on in no time.

"Please" and "thank you"

"Please" and "thank you"
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Teach your child to always say, “Please” when asking for something and “Thank you” when receiving something or someone has helped them.

"Excuse me"

"Excuse me"
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Teach them to say, “Excuse me” when they need to get through a crowd, bump into someone or want to get someone’s attention.

Please don't interrupt

Please don't interrupt
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Teach them to not interrupt, whether it be interrupting a conversation between two people that they are not a part of (unless it is an emergency) or when someone is speaking to them. Here are seven ways kids are annoying – and how to deal with it.

No unkind comments

No unkind comments
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Show them how it’s impolite to comment on other people’s characteristics or physical appearances, unless if it is a compliment. Find out the 11 things parents say that ruin their children’s trust.

Always ask permission

Always ask permission
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Teach your child to always ask permission. It’s important that they understand if they aren’t sure about taking or using something, it is always better to ask first.

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Show gratitude

Show gratitude
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Enforce the importance of gratitude. Show your child how to write a simple thank you note. Especially when they receive gifts in the mail, they shouldn’t be allowed to use the gift until they have properly thanked whoever gave it to them. Find out more about the power of gratitude here.

The importance of hygiene

The importance of hygiene
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Give your child a lesson in hygiene. Teach them to cover their mouth when they cough or sneeze and to never pick their nose and always use a tissue. These are the 7 incredibly dangerous parenting moves even careful parents make.

Respond to greetings politely

Respond to greetings politely
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Teach them to politely respond when someone asks them how they are and to always ask the question back.

Respect privacy

Respect privacy
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Tell them how important it is to respect other people’s privacy. Always knock on closed doors and wait for a response before opening it. Are you setting a good example? Here are 7 real-world situations to gauge how good your own manners are.

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