In this day and age, everyone, including many adults, are now realizing the importance of being courteous. However, one may wonder why. For one thing, many adults have come to believe that politeness and decency are just “nice things to do.” While that may be true to a certain extent, polite behavior in public is now viewed as an essential element of good social behavior. So, raising kids with manners is also very important.
We could cite many reasons for our need to be courteous and respect others’ rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And, it’s not just adults that we should consider. Because children are, too.
As parents, we need to teach our children good manners from birth. The act of raising children with manners doesn’t end on the first day of school. It can begin at home, and it can continue into adulthood. So, how can we show our children proper manners? Where can we find good guidelines?
One good place to look for good examples of what is right and wrong is in movies. Movies often convey the lesson through images. This is why it’s so important to view movies with your children when they are young. Instead of watching TV, you can sit down with them and watch a couple of movies together.
Raising Kids With Manners
Movies also give us a good way to see the styles of others. The majority of movies that are shown contain excellent examples of how people should be acting, even when their conduct is not pleasing to others.
We can get good examples of good manners by reading books. The best example is probably “Good Morning, Vietnam,” which describes the way the American soldiers and civilians interacted during the Vietnam War. And it shows how different it was then to be living in an America where manners were a way of life.
The Internet is another great source of good examples. It’s great for browsing through websites that portray exemplary manners. It will help you learn what is and isn’t acceptable in our world today.
Watching a movie or reading a book can also help us develop our own style of behavior. There are people who have great personalities, but they lack good manners. They can be very charming and entertaining, but people can sometimes be intimidated by their bad manners. And, it is those bad manners that they are most likely to see in other people.
Behaviour Of Kids
So, what do we need to do to train our children to use good behavior in public? Basically, we need to provide our children with examples of proper behavior. This does not mean we need to change our children’s behavior.
When we say “behavioral modification,” we’re not saying we need to change our children’s lives. Rather, we need to train them to behave in a manner that is acceptable and, in the case of public behaviors, that will earn them approval.
Courtesy is one of the most important things a person can learn. If we teach our children to follow good manners from day one, they will be able to observe examples of good behavior from others. We don’t have to hold their hand and tell them about manners if they choose not to learn them.
Having a good example to follow for good manners is a tremendous aid to our children in school and in society in general. We should never expect our children to carry all of the responsibility for good behavior. But, they do need good manners to avoid the indignities that we have seen or heard of in other people’s behavior.