Tips & Tricks

How to raise a polite child

When it comes to raising a child, there are many expectations that will naturally be put on them. One of these is manners, politeness to be more specific. The good news is, teaching young ones to be polite is a lot easier than perceived, given that nature is on our side. From a very young age, children observe their parents every move, meaning that they learn simply by copying them. Children are not born polite but trained by those around them. Here are some tips from this private school in central London on how to raise a polite child. 

Practice please and thank you

As mentioned previously, children learn very quickly from the speech and behaviours of their parents. The first step to teaching your child to be polite is done vocally. As soon as your child is born, you can incorporate politeness into your own vocabulary by talking to your partner and strangers with manners. Remember to say please when you want something and thank you to show your appreciation. At the time, it may seem your child is unaware of your efforts, but over time they will begin to pick up these positive habits and use them in their own lives.

Don’t interrupt

Interrupting people when they speak is perceived as rude worldwide. Teach your child to be patient when others are talking and not to interrupt, even if they have something important to say. Instead, show them the correct way to get their point across and how to listen effectively. You could also incorporate the importance of eye contact and keeping still when listening to others talk, as it is a form of manners.

The correct behaviour

It is natural for children to have tantrums when they are feeling overwhelmed by their emotions. However, it is vital that you teach your child how to manage their feelings as there is a time and place for their emotional outbursts. Practice different ways for them to manage their feelings and to be vocal instead of having a strop. Role playing ahead of time is extremely effective and something that is worth trying with your child. 

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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