If you demonstrate to your children good manners, they'll learn. Whilst I do encourage my children to say please and thank you, they have picked it up just by me saying it to them. They also say you're welcome and excuse me without me ever having to force them, because I say it to them. They're 4 and 2.
I think not interrupting is very important as well.
And stay seated at dinner table.
Sorry, a bit of a hijack here - I was always taught to call adults Mr or Mrs as a child, but I can't remember how mum enforced that, how do you do it? I'd like my little one to show the same respect to adults. Also when I was young I don't think I had any friends with parents who weren't married to each other so you could safely assume that the parent's last name was the same as the child, but with so many kids with different names to their parents today, how do you find out what the parents last names are for your kids to call them that?
My daughter has good manners, she says please and thank you she will stop and give way when people cut in front of her in her wheelchair she will say after you sir or after you madam lol she says excuse me when she wants to say something but hasn't yet got the hang of waiting she says excuse me excuse me until every one shuts up, we are working on that one
To keep it short and sweet there are three things that I feel are VITAL. The others are also very important, but "Please", "Thank you" and "I'm sorry" are absolute essentials in my book.
I can't stand kids that talk back to adults or give sass and there's many other things that strike me as rude but those three will generally get you through most things without you looking like a chav lol.
I cringe when called 'MRS/MISS xxxxx'... Absolutely hate it.
I think it's just safer to go by first name these days too.
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