All parents want to give the best to their children and raise a decent little man. Children’s etiquette plays an important role in the upbringing of the child. Knowing the basic rules of etiquette would be very helpful wherever you are: visiting, walking, at the table, communicating with adults and peers.
But how to teach your child the rules of etiquette?
First of all, by own example, communicating with the child. We all know that the kid absorbs everything like a sponge. And if he will hear from day to day that the parents say “please”, “thank you”, “bless you” this is a good sign for kid. After all, he has a living example before his eyes.
what age should a child be taught etiquette?
can explain typical rules of etiquette to the child above year and a
half. It is age that the child begins to actively communicate on the
playground with peers, eats on his own and understands everything.
this age, you can make a note to the kid, if he starts to throw food
during dinner, smear it on the table, eat porridge by hands instead
of using a spoon. After the remark, tell the child how to properly
behave at the table.
If on a walk with a baby you meet someone
from friends or come to visit you, remind the child that you need to
say “hello” and say “bye”. On the playground also explain to
the child the rules of communication with other children, that you
can not fight, take away other people’s toys, throw sand.
The rules of etiquette for children at the table:
The rules of etiquette during meals are reduced to the general
behavior of the baby at the table:
hands thoroughly with soap and water before eating;
meals you must eat carefully, so as not to stain yourself and a
person sitting next to you;
• You can not talk with full
• It is forbidden to play with food, smear it on
furniture, indulge in a table;
• You can not use other people's
cutlery during dinner or eat from someone else’s dish;
can not put your elbows on a table or swing on a chair;
• If the
child gets dirty during meals, explain that you do not need to wipe
your hands on a tablecloth or your clothes, explain that he\she need
to use a napkin;
• cake and cakes are eaten with a spoon, not
• After eating you need to wipe your lips with a
napkin or go to wash;
• after eating it is necessary to thank
the one who cooked for you.
Rules of etiquette for children at a party
The child needs to explain that there is a guest etiquette, which,
like the others, should be observed:
• Before you go on a visit,
you need to warn the person about your visit (preferably in
• Do not go on a visit empty-handed, so it’s
advisable to go to the nearest store along the way and buy something
delicious for tea, or grab a sweet or small gift from home;
when the owner of the apartment opens the door, you need to greet
him. When you’re ready to go home, you need to thank for
hospitality and say goodbye;
On a visit you should behave calmly,
you can not run, scream and climb on cabinets and boxes that belong
to the owners of the house.
Etiquette for communication
A child from an early age must be taught to culturally communicate
with the people around him. It is necessary to instill respect for
the elders, to train them to say hello, to say goodbye and not to get
into conversation when adults communicate with each other.
younger should be the first to greet the elders at the meeting, and
when the time has come to leave, it is necessary to say goodbye,
• In transport, it is necessary
to give way to older, elderly and pregnant women;
• use words
such as: “sorry”, “thank you” and “please”.
up in the morning, it is customary to greet everyone with the words
“good morning”, and before going to bed, wish everyone a “good
• If someone sneezes, you should wish “bless you”;
To be uncultured, complain, offend and call to other children;
on the playground, it is common to share your toys with friends;
if you liked a toy that belongs to another child, you should politely
ask her to play for a while.
If you teach your child the rules of etiquette from a young age, he will grow up to be a polite person, who will understand how to behave in different situations. Do not forget to praise the baby when he follows the rules of etiquette, this will encourage him to continue to act in the same direction.
Autor: Tatiana- Jestem absolwentką Poltava National V.G. Korolenko Pedagogical University in Poltava ze stopniem magistra filologii angielskiej i literatury światowej. Ukończyłam również licencjat na Uniwersytecie Marii Skłodowskiej Curie w Lublinie na kierunku: Stosunki międzynarodowe ; specjalizacja- stosunki międzynarodowe we wschodnio-centralnej Europie.