I am sure I am not the only one to teach my child about good manners. There are so many things that happen daily that I feel like I am teaching and sharing my opinions with my son – who is now 19 years old and has a good head on his shoulders. I hope that I have instilled ways to show that he cares and to not be rude. I mean, as parents, all we can do is teach and hope it sinks in, right?!?!! Most of these are really just common sense, but I felt like it was important to write them down.
1. Please and thank you – This is definitely at the top of my list! It is always nice to to show how much you appreciate what someone else does for you. In fact, my husband and son always thank me for making them a meal, doing their laundry, cleaning the house, etc. This always makes me smile!
2. Hold the door – Be kind and hold the door for someone behind you. Hopefully, they will then in turn do the same for the person behind them.
3. Shake hands – A good handshake is a nice way to say Hi!
4. Pay attention to someone talking to you – By looking into someone’s eyes, that makes them feel like you are really interested, listening and focusing on what they are saying. Nowadays this also goes for cell phones, don’t be texting when you should be listening. 🙂
5. Don’t cut in line – I have encountered this so much lately when driving. When locals know that they are getting close to a lane closure, so many people want to crank up way ahead, put their blinker on like they didn’t realize they had to get over, and then get ahead of everyone else waiting. It immediately makes me feel like they think they are better than me. Well, I have to get somewhere too. Please wait your turn. You are not going to get there any faster anyway, and all it does is creates frustration!
6. Only honk when necessary – I don’t know how many times we have been driving, we are at a red light and as soon as the light turns green, someone lays on the horn. Use the horn when it is necessary only! Again, have a little patience.
7. Give others space – Have you ever been in the grocery store line and someone gets right up on you. I mean, close enough to breathe down your neck?! That bugs me so much! Give me some space, please.
8. Respect your elders – I still like the old fashioned way of using Mr. and Mrs. in front of someone’s name. That is how I was taught.
9. Cover your mouth when you sneeze and cough – This is an important one for me too, as I am sure it is for most people. Please, I don’t want your germs on me. Thanks! 🙂
10. Close the toilet lid – Ok, I do have a boy, so he learned this when he was really little. There is nothing worse than sitting down on the toilet thinking the seat is down and then surprise – it isn’t!! We have all been there. Not so fun!
11. Pick up after yourself – For example, take care of your dishes after eating.
12. Chew with your mouth closed – This is pretty self-explanatory.
13. Say your sorry – If you accidentally bump into someone, say you’re sorry.
14. Wash your hands before eating
15. Don’t interrupt and no foul language
16. Always take your shoes off before entering a house – I spend a lot of time keeping my home clean, and I don’t want it tracked up with dirt and mud from shoes, and I am sure others feel this way too!
I hope that these good manners will still be going strong years from now. By being kind and courteous, it makes all of our lives nicer. This is all I can think of at the moment. I know that I am forgetting some. Let me know in the comment section if you have anything to add, or if you just want to leave your thoughts. Thanks SO much for reading! Have a nice day! 🙂
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