Teaching manners to our kids - what are the basics?

HOW DO YOU HELP CHILDREN WHO DON’T NATURALLY HAVE SOCIAL SKILLS TO DEVELOP THEM?photocreditMOLLY: This question came from a mom in Michigan. She added that her son is an introverted child, very smart but having trouble with manners and social skills....more

Caution: Kids Running Loose in Restaurant

My husband and I were out for dinner with friends and their daughter at a popular restaurant. It is peak time and the servers are hopping between the kitchen and the tables. Amongst all of the chaos, there they were. The apple of their Daddy’s eyes, sweet little girls maybe 3 and 5 years old, running and screaming happily…IN A RESTAURANT!!...more
Thank you for your comment, as you can tell it makes me crazy too. In fact, my friends were ...more

Yours, Mine, Ours

Little M's newest phase is an obsession with possessions -- My car! Mommy's book! Daddy's drink!Helping me with the laundry he correctly identifies each piece of clothing and who it belongs to before placing it in the washer -- Mommy's shirt. Grrr's pants. Daddy's sock.Helping me make pumpkin bread he points at each loaf -- Mommy's. Daddy's. Hmmmm, no. Mommy's. Little M's....more
Oh you captured that possession concept so well! My little boy started the same chattering ...more

Teaching Chivalry: We Are Doing It

As soon as W began to properly form words, I began the introduction of manners. I didn't care how well he was able to say the word but I wanted to emphasize the intention. If he wanted an object I wanted him to say "please." Upon receiving the object, I wanted him to say "thank you." If he hurt someone, intentionally or not, I wanted him to say that he was "sorry." Please. Thank you. Sorry. Those are the basic and elementary manners that I am working with right now, the foundation for which I hope to build a true and sincere form of etiquette. ...more

As long as your are not teaching your son to treat girls (women) with more courtesy than you ...more

Teaching Manners To Children Other Than Your Own

Growing up, manners were no small joke in our household. Lessons learned that I used to find embarrassing I am grateful for today. I was taught to not only say hello to the parent of a friend I was calling on the telephone but announce who I was. Friends who called me on the phone and gave the usual, "Is Reedu there?" were answered by my mom with a "Yes," and a dial tone....more
I would greatly appreciate it if the village helped me to teach good manners to my children. If ...more

Manners Matter: Teaching Kids How To Act at the Table

So, let's just cut right to the chase here.  I'm the mother of four children, three of whom are elementary-aged boys.  If I'm qualified to write a post on the subject of table manners, it's because I'm in the thick of the battle, not because I have it figured out.  It's a work in progress.  There's a learning curve.  There are days when our dinners are lovely and polite, and there are days when I wonder if we should just eat in the garage. ...more

" "parenting to impress" will backfire.  EVERY time.  Often spectacularly ...more