And here I am adding more to your list! But this is truly important- if you’re not teaching these seven manners to your elementary-aged children you are failing them.
Understanding the importance of good manners and having consideration for others is just as important as making good grades. Social graces are becoming more and more rare in our tech-centered, fast-paced culture. In the corporate world, experienced executives are finding that good “people skills” are a scarce commodity when working with younger co-workers.
Recently, a human resources manager told me many of the college graduates he’s been interviewing lack what he called “socail savvy”. He said, “They just don’t seem to know how to create rapport.”
By teaching social graces to your children, you’re paving the way for their personal and career success.
The elementary years are the time to build this foundation.
Later in the middle and high school years, you can help your children layer on more advanced social skills (like how to build strong friendships, develop leadership abilities, practice netiquette, and navigate more complex social situations).
Before 5th Grade Good Manners Checklist:
These skills create a strong foundation of good manners, respect, and consideration for others.
___Basics of handshaking and how to introduce himself
___Good eye contact
___Showing respect for adults and using “yes and no” not “yeah and nah” (plus if it’s your family tradition, using “ma’am and sir”)
___How to make polite conversation (also known as small talk)
___Basic Table Manners
___Power Words: Please, Thank You, You are Welcome, and Excuse Me
___The Golden Rule: Treat others as you would like to be treated.
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