Summer is just around the corner and its the perfect time to improve upon your child’s manners. During the school year, our schedules get so busy and our drive to ‘get it all done’ has us moving so fast, that there’s not much time left for teaching our children about good manners – and who has time? Between school, homework, extra curricular activities, and our social lives, it’s amazing we get anything done.
Being courteous and respectful of others is key to being a successfully prepared child and adult throughout life. Unfortunately, we are not born with manners, and we all need to be taught proper social skills. This summer there will be lots of opportunities to play with and meet new friends, why not use these opportunities to work on their social skills.
- Teach your child to make eye contact with people when they are talking to them.
- Explain how good it makes people feel when they smile at them and show them that you are paying attention to them.
- Discuss how to start a conversation. Come up with questions they can ask their friends before they see them. Encourage them to respond with more than 1 word answers.
- Teach them that conversations should be like a “tennis match.” People need to take turns talking. Nobody likes a motormouth.
- Practice when you are all eating together. Nothing makes a meal more enjoyable than great friends and lively conversation.