UPDATED August 1st, 2016

Teaching children to have good manners isn’t just about sitting up straight at the dinner table or writing thank-you notes (although those are definitely important). Good manners are also about respect, explains Judy Davidds-Wright, mother of two girls as well as a Certified International Protocol and Social Etiquette Consultant.

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  1. Drew Straub
    Drew Straub says:

    I like the approach you take for 9 out of the 10 points above. Number 7 I disagree with on a couple on points. First, if a child needs to “pass gas”, they should not only excuse themselves to another room, but make that other room a bathroom. Gas doesn’t just happen, it is a prelude to an actual bodily function. So the child may as well make his or her way to the bathroom sooner rather than later.

    Second issue is with what you term “the dracula sneeze/cough”. I disagree with this. When we sneeze we know there is a chance of particles coming out. So why have them deposited on the sleeve of an arm for all to see? If the child has time to grab a napkin, tissue, or handkerchief and cover nose and mouth, then that is best. If not possible, then use hands and then wash hands.

    Third issue is with burping. Yes, “excuse me” is appropriate if a burp is made, but teaching your child to eat and drink in such a manner as to not burp is more appropriate. My mother had an intolerance to burping. There was never an appropriate moment for it and excuse me didn’t make it better. Same with passing gas.

    Other than that, I enjoyed the article. One thing not mentioned at all, and is not an oversight as there are many aspects to teaching manners, was the removal of the hat upon coming indoors. Hats are to be removed in the house or any establishment when indoors. Sitting at a table for a meal, whether indoor or out, also warrants the removal of a hat. The only exception is when an actual “hat” is worn by a lady (not a baseball cap).

    Have a great day and thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.

  2. Dr Richard Norris
    Dr Richard Norris says:

    As I am sure you have heard it said “It is common courtesy”. That may have been true years ago but not today. Your tips are a great reminder. Manners cost nothing but are a great investment in your child’s future.

    Thos e10 were drilled into me as a kid and now I am doing these with my own.

    Be Awesome!


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