Many people think that manners and etiquette are just a bunch of rules that are going to something that people will need to memorize in order to be polite and thoughtful to others. We wanted to share with people different ways that manners can be fun.
One example is with my son that is nine years old. He is getting to the point where he wants to express some individuality where his grooming standards are concerned. So, we are letting him try different hairstyles instead of having his hair the way mom and dad want it.
As a result, he gets the ability to make his own decisions, but it allows us to ask him questions to get him thinking about when and where his hairstyle would be appropriate and when it wouldn't. He has fun doing what he wants to do, but he is also learning fundamental principles.
Like many parents, we are still working on teaching our children proper table manners. We try to have them help with setting the table the right way, or not talking with their mouth full. There are fun ways to teach these skills...
You can make a game of it. You can focus on one part of table manners each week such as not belching, chewing with their mouths closed, etc and give them a star each night that they successfully do that part of manners. Once they reach a pre-determined number of stars, they get some kind of reward. Milkshakes work wonders with my kids! In ways like this, manners can be fun for kids to learn.
I came across a good book that can also teach how manners and etiquette can be fun. The book makes various behaviors seem rude and uncool in a funny way. It is highly reviewed and won many awards. You might want to check out: Dude, That's Rude!: (Get Some Manners) (Laugh And Learn) It is available from Amazon.com.
Now it is your turn! What are some things you have done to show that Manners Can Be Fun? Add your ideas so that we can all learn together and make manners fun for others!
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