I have an old friend who moved to California from her native Russia many years ago. One of the things she told me she first noticed was how ill-behaved American children were. She was appalled at the behavior she witnessed in the grocery store and stated that Russian children were much better manner minders. It’s been several years since we had that conversation and I don’t think the war on manners has improved much, thanks to technology. Children grow into teenagers who interface more with their phones and social media accounts then actual people, and they do it ALL THE TIME. Because of this, kids don’t learn important people skills like putting down their technology when someone is talking to them, looking people in the eye while talking, being a conversation starter or even how to just shake a hand. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want a rude child! Check out our list of tips on raising your child to be well-mannered.
1. The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From the Tree
Yes mamas, its time to take a good hard look in the mirror because you are your child’s’ biggest teacher and they learn both good and bad habits from YOU. Do you find yourself glued to your phone all the time? Do you interact with them while texting with the opposite hand? Do you forget to say please and thank you? You’ve heard the saying that kids are like sponges and sometimes you need to wring them out and start over with manners. Before you start telling them what to do, make sure you’re “walking the walk” too.