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Manners Cheat Sheet for Kids
Monday, 26 January 2015 - 11:13 | Views - 1,376
Learning manners can be a daunting task for a child, so I thought I'd make it easier by creating a cheat sheet. Parents need to expound on each tip and repeat the rules often, so when the children see it on the cheat sheet, they'll remember the details. You might want to print and post this list in a prominent place to help your children remember what you expect of them.

Quick list of manners for kids:

Be nice. Be polite to others at all times, even when you don't feel like it.

Say "Please" and "Thank you."
Always say these words when asking for something and when you receive an item or service.

Ask permission.
If you want to do something with a friend or use an item that doesn't belong to you, ask permission first.

Always knock.
Never enter someone's house or room before knocking and being invited in.

Say "Excuse me."
If you accidentally bump into another person or cause them to trip, these two words show that you have manners.

Don't interrupt.
When others are talking, wait for them to finish before you speak. The only exceptions are when there's an emergency such as someone getting hurt or a fire.

Don't make fun of people.
No one is perfect, so avoid pointing out the imperfections of others, even when you think you are being funny. The person you're making fun of doesn't think it's funny.

Compliment people.
Always acknowledge the positive things others do. It makes them feel better, and it reflects well on you to say something nice.

Carry your share of the load with a good attitude.
Do the chores your parents ask you to do, be a good teammate, and participate in school projects.

Greet people with kindness.
Be kind to others. Smile, shake hands, and ask people how they are.

Be polite on the phone.
Always identify yourself when you call others, and use an even tone while talking on a phone.

Be a polite texter.
If you are allowed to send text messages on your cell phone, don't abuse the privilege by saying anything mean or vulgar.

Don't use bad words.
This makes you appear rude and unintelligent. Work on improving your vocabulary so you don't have to resort to foul language.

Help others.
If you see someone struggling to open a door or pick up something off the floor, offer to assist. The other person's disability is your opportunity to do something nice for someone else.

Use proper table manners.
If you know proper table manners, others will want to have dinner with you more often. Sit at the table with the napkin in your lap, use the correct fork for each food, and engage in appropriate mealtime conversation. Don't jump up from the table before everyone else is finished.

Don't spread germs.
If you know you're sick, stay home. If you have to cough or sneeze while you're out, cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow.

Send thank you notes.
When someone gives you a gift or after you attend a party, send the person a thank you note as soon as possible afterward to show how much you appreciate them.

Stay positive.
No one enjoys being with someone who is always negative.

Be fair.
Whether you are playing sports or taking a test be fair. Cheating might help you win the game or pass a test, but in the long run, you will be a loser.

Get plenty of sleep.
When you're tired you're more likely to be grumpy.
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