September is National Children’s Good Manners Month. Please take a second to read over these tips, thank you!
Helping to shape your child’s behavior is a key part of being a parent. This can be a rewarding and equally difficult task. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a few principles that may help.
One of the key components to teaching your child good manners and behavior is modeling good manners and behavior. AAP officials note the best way you can teach your children is to lead by example.
Another area to consider is when you’re giving your child the most attention. AAP experts explain that parents tend to leave their children alone when they are behaving well and give them attention when they are misbehaving. Officials note this approach can backfire, causing children to act out with the goal of getting more attention.
Additional information on AAP principles that inspire good manners and behavior can be found here.
And good manners and helping others can also help your child. According to The Garden School, research shows that “grateful kids feel happier, do better in school, and have lower rates of depression than their less thankful peers.”
In a recent blog, the organization recommends the following books that inspire good manners and good behavior:
• Madeline Says Merci: The Always-Be-Polite Book by John Bemelmans Marciano
• Time to Say “Please”! by Mo Willems
• How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jane Yolen
• My Dog Never Says Please by Suzanne Williams
• Pretty Please: A Book of Manners with Sticker and Envelope and Other by Kiki Thorpe
• Emily’s Everyday Manners by Peggy Post, Cindy Post Senning
• Clifford’s Manners by Norman Bridwell
Games are even accessible for fun interactions with good manners! Here are some that come to mind:
• Manners Mall by Childswork Childsplay
• Q’s Race to the Top by EQtainment
• Blunders by Patch Products
• Mind Your Manners Cards by Patch Products
It’s never too early to learn good manners. Take this month to practice with your kids!