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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

How to Teach Courtesy

Courtesy Begins at Home

Do you ever wonder why some kids are polite and kind, and other kids are rude and constantly misbehaving?

I believe teaching courtesy, etiquette and polite behavior begins at home. The dictionary defines courtesy as, “polite and considerate behavior.” Children learn many things through observation, both good and bad. One of the best ways to teach courtesy is by demonstrating courteous and considerate behavior in your home. Here are 9 simple tips for developing courtesy in children and teens:

1.      Say please and thank you
2.      Hold the door open for elders and women

3.      Use a quiet, kind voice
4.      Put your napkin on your lap
5.      Turn your cell phone off when you are at the dinner table
6.      Be kind to everyone
7.      Refrain from making cynical comments
8.      Assume everyone is doing the best they can each moment
9.      Never ridicule or gossip

“Life is not so short but that there is always 
time enough for courtesy.”

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