Seldom does my South Carolinian daughter come home to Tennessee for a visit that she doesn’t make a comment about how nice the people in Johnson City are! Every time she says that I am reminded that it really is important to put our best mannered foot forward whenever we’re with others.
Included in “others” is our own family. Children need to be taught manners while they’re young so it’s second nature. Manners isn’t just southern culture – it should be a part of a Christian’s reputation. We should be the most thoughtful people – putting others before ourselves.
That being said, what are some of the manners a child should be learning?
- Saying “Please” and “Thank you!”
- Asking to be excused from the table.
- Putting their napkin in their lap.
- Never using the napkin for a hankie.
- Chewing with their mouth closed.
- How to pass the food at the table.
- Writing a thank you note for a gift (have pre-writers color a note card and tell you what to write)
- Not interrupting when others are talking.
- Answering the phone politely.
- Being respectful to those older than they are.
- Walking on the right side of the sidewalk.
- Waiting to enter an elevator until those inside have exited.
- Calling adults Sir and Mam