The Art of Good Manners

It is never too early to teach your youngest family member how to be a gracious guest. As holiday gatherings approach, prepare your child with some manners. Encourage her to try the following.

  • Look people in the eyes and say, “Hello.”94_child.jpg
  • Resist the temptation to complain — about the food, entertainment, or other guests.
  • Say, “Thank you” when served food or beverages.
  • Stay where the party is. Do not wander into rooms with closed doors.
  • Clean up after yourself. Do not expect someone else to do it.
  • Agreeably leave when Mom or Dad says it is time to go.
  • Thank the host and hostess for inviting you.

For more about manners be sure and check out "The Art of Saying Thanks" by Kay Harms in the November 2009 issue of ParentLife. Also check out these books on manners!

Teaching Thankfulness

In the November issue of ParentLife, Kay Harms helps parents teach their children the art of saying thanks through thank-you notes. Be sure not to miss her practical tips for helping your child exercise gratitude!

For even more help, check out the following resources related to gratefulness and manners.


How do you teach your children manners? Do you have any great tips to share with ParentLife readers?