5 Practical Tips for Raising a Well-Mannered Child
“Teach your child some manners!”
For every mother, that might be the most horrible phrase we could hear from other pertaining to our child. It is as if your ability to raise a child is being questioned instantly by someone who just happened to meet your child recently. More so, we find it offensive since it is part of our duty to make sure that our child would have an amazing upbringing so that he/she will become a well-mannered individual. At the end of the day, we all want our child to be greeted by everyone with a smile because he/she is such a delight to everyone she sees and encounters. Of course, we do not belittle the fact that it is indeed a difficult task to do. Like how can we teach a child to behave well and be nice, courteous and discipline at all times? Without forgetting of course that it must be taught with great caution so as not to sound too authoritative or strict. In this article, we gathered some tips on how you can make your child better in terms of dealing and interacting with people and in terms of personal satisfaction of being a good girl/boy. Get ready to groom your child as a little girl/boy of great attitude and personality.
1. Make use of real-life situations.
If your child can see that the things that you’re trying to teach him/her make sense in the way he/she deals with people around him/her, then the easier and better he/she’ll apply those learnings. Just for example, when teaching the value of “compromise”, you can make use of his/her experiences of promising to do something and later on forgetting to do the task because another thing came up. Through this, your child will see that concepts are not just to be put in mind but more so in action.
2. Walk the Talk
If your child sees you practicing what you preach, then he/she will be convinced that you mean business with what you teach since you personally practice it. If you teach him/her to always say thank you to any act of kindness, then be a living example for him/her to imitate. Be an example of goodness and everything will follow.
3. Practice the “if you were” phrase.
In any situation, always ask your child the phrase “if you were”. For example, you saw him/her speaking badly of others, ask him/her that is he/she was that person, what would he/she feel? Through this, you are teaching your child to always put his/her shoes in the place of others so as for him/her cautious about all his/her actions that might harm and hurt others.
4. Emphasize the value of Sharing
No matter how small or big your family has, always allow your child to share most especially to those who are unfortunate. This will not only make him/her feel compassionate but he/she will also develop the habit of giving. Something that would make him/her a better person as he/she grow up.
5. Speak words of appreciation
Whenever you see you child doing something really good, tell him/her that you’re delighted and that you’re proud of her. This will serve as a motivation for him/her to continue doing good things since he/she knew that it makes other people happy. It will also lessen the burden of always “prohibiting” and it will emphasize the value of reinforcement.
With those five simple steps, I can assure you that your child will grow up to be a better child that anyone would love to have around. Good luck!
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