At home, my wife had a nephew that’s was so rude and annoying. He tends not to listen even if you punished him from time to time, he tends to forget the punishment and I am thinking is it because he didn’t grow up with his parents and because he was taking care of by my sister-in-law. Whenever I go home to my wife’s parents house where we are currently living, this rude boy is always there to worsen the day at least that’s my observation as I cannot help but compare it to other and even to our daughter that was so steady and polite. My daughter was at her 2 years old and it seems that she is the one who disciplines his cousin when they are playing together. My wife is getting tired including my sister-in-law to educate him to be polite. Oh, by the way my other sister-in-law doesn’t want to see him at all as he is devilish to her and it really annoys her. My father-in-law likewise ban this boy from going to their house.
I pity this boy so much so I tried my best to understand his behavior and accidentally I found this article in Yahoo News online. It summarizes the 25 manners that every kid should know by age of 9. According to Parents.com which originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents Magazine child’s attitude isn’t intentional. Sometimes kids just don’t realize it’s impolite to interrupt, pick their nose etc. especially that the parents is busy or miles away from his child that don’t have time to focus on etiquette. This blog article reinforce parents, guardians or even old brothers and sisters to raise a polite, kind and well-like child.
When asking for something, say “Please.”
When receiving something, say “Thank you.”
Related: Kid-Made Thank You Notes
Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
If you do need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.
The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.
When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.
Knock on closed doors — and wait to see if there’s a response — before entering.
When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.
Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.
Don’t call people mean names.
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.
Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.
If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.”
Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.
As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so — you may learn something new.
When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.
Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Don’t reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.
See more on teaching manners to your toddlers and preschoolers.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.
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