As parents, we want our kids to be the best they can be. This means different things to different people, but one thing that we can all agree on is that good manners are important. Good manners help kids to make friends, better communicate, and make their way through life easier.
The issue is that how can you kids these important manners? Keep reading to find out.
Let them watch cartoons
Yes, you read that right. Letting your children watch free kids cartoons can help them to learn better manners. The heroes in kid’s cartoons are often kind, well-spoken, and most importantly well-mannered. Your guides will want to emulate their heroes and act like them as much as they can. This is important because part of that behaviour that they will look to copy will be good manners!
Cartoons have a number of benefits for children, including helping them to learn better manners.
Show them good manners
Who do children learn most of their behaviour from? You! Believe it or not, as a parent you have a large role to play in the manners that your children will learn. So, if you want your kids to start learning better manners, you need to show them exactly how it’s done.
As you go about your daily life, use manners with your children. When you ask them to do things, say please. If they give you something or do what you’ve asked, make a point to say thank you. You just might find that your children will start using manners sooner rather than later.
Good Manners Jar
To help stop people swearing, a swear jar is often brought in. We all know how they work; say a bad word, put some money in the jar. Why not turn this idea on its head to encourage some manners.
Create an individual jar or box for each of your children and get something to use as coins (this could be anything you like, so don’t hesitate to be creative). These will become “manners jars”, which you can use to encourage good behaviour. Every time your kids use manners, they put a coin in the jar. When they fill the jar they get a reward!
If you want to simplify things, you could have one jar for all of your kids. This will encourage them to work together to get the reward.
Do your kids love games? The good news is that there are some great games available that your children can play and learn better manners in the process! Make sure that you get one that is age-appropriate for your children.
The good news is that the pressure is off, it’s not entirely on your shoulders to teach your children to mind their P’s and Q’s.