Teaching Manners to Children

Good manners help children to build strong relationships, make a good impression, and show respect for themselves and others.

Afzal Badshah, PhD
2 min readMay 22, 2023


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Teaching children good manners is important work that teaches them to interact with others respectfully and appropriately. Good manners can help your children build strong relationships with others, make a good impression, and show respect for themselves and others. Teaching children manners is not only important for their social development but also for their future success.

It is not uncommon for our children to mock or embarrass us as parents in public. They do not greet guests or ask for food in front of them. It is also often seen that young children do not speak respectfully to adults. There are many habits that should be taught to children from the beginning and they should be properly trained.

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Children often imitate their parents in manners such as the way they speak, dress, and behave in social situations. Parents can set a good example for their children by demonstrating polite behavior, such as;

  • Smile and greet politely,
  • Say “good morning” with a smile and a polite manner,
  • Say “please” and “thank you” when asking for or receiving something,
  • Use polite words such as “excuse me” and “I’m sorry” if necessary,
  • When someone is speaking, listen and make eye contact,
  • Respect other people’s opinions and feelings,
  • Adopt good eating habits,
  • Follow instructions and rules,
  • Be kind and considerate to others,
  • Use appropriate language and avoid profanity,
  • Share things,
  • Say “goodbye” with a smile and polite manner,
  • Say “good night” with a smile and polite manner,

How will you teach the following manners to your children? Please, write down your style in the comment;

  • Greeting others,
  • Saying “please” and “thank you”,
  • Respecting elders,
  • Being kind,
  • Having good eating habits,
  • Taking care of cleanliness,
  • Having an excellent attitude,
  • Saying “God bless you”

Make a list of these manners and how you can train your children in them.

If you practice good manners at home, in the office, or while talking on the phone, children will follow them. Once the child starts practicing these good habits, praise them. My two-year-old asks for applause when he follows such habits because we have been rewarding him for every good habit. You should also explain to the children why these exercises are important for life; this will give them a reason and purpose to follow. Never skip these methods; follow them continuously so that they become embedded in the child’s subconscious. If you add humor to these methods, it will attract the child even more.

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Afzal Badshah, PhD

Dr Afzal Badshah focuses on academic skills, pedagogy (teaching skills) and life skills.