Top 9 Steps Every Parent Should Follow For Teaching Their Child Manners – Plus [Infographic]

Teach Manners

Teach Manners

As I was driving down my neighborhood street yesterday

I noticed a group of children playing in the street.

I couldn’t believe what was happening. As I approached the kids I noticed they were not moving.

They were not going to move until I either ran them over (tempting) or honked.

I think one of them even put his hands in the air as if to taunt me!

They were acting as if I was inconveniencing them. 

What is wrong with kids these days I thought?

In my day (I’m not that old) us kids would scurry to the curb in a frantic rush to make sure we were out of the way.

This leads me to believe that maybe we as parents need a refresher on teaching kids manners.

Back to the Basics

The importance of good manners must not be underestimated

“Good manners will open doors that the best education cannot.” – Clarence Thomas

Your children will grow up to be kind and more considerate of others if they are taught correctly from a young age.

You must lead by example.

That’s right – it starts with the parents. For example:

Little things like saying “Please” and “Thank You” to your kids goes a long way.

They need to see you using manners in every day life so they know how it works.

Remember children do as you do.

“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire  

Here are some great teaching guidelines parents can use at home:

The Parents Guide To Teaching Manners & Etiquette


9 Simple Steps


  • Be kind to others. Telling kids, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” doesn’t really mean anything to them. Instead, stress the importance of treating others the same way they’d like to be treated, especially when you see them doing something that you know they themselves don’t like. For example, if your son hates to be interrupted and yet he interrupts people, then remind him, “Jonah, you really don’t like it when people interrupt you, so please don’t do that to Jeremiah.”
  • Understand their actions. Help your children understand the harm they can cause by doing or saying thoughtless and unkind things. Ask them, “How would you feel if someone pointed at you, and started to laugh?” In the beginning, you may simply be doing damage control, but eventually you’ll be helping them to avoid harmful words or actions.
  • Show them the way. Children do whatever they have to do to express themselves. Sometimes that comes off looking and sounding pretty bad. Playing a role reversal game with your child can help show them how to handle situations. Let them ask the question or behave a certain way, and you respond by showing them how their behavior should appear.
  • Be a good role model. “Do as I say, but not as I do” is a joke. Your kids probably want to respond with, “Yeah, like you’d catch me playing bridge with a bunch of 50-year-old women!” When you want your child to show good manners and respect, you must also practice good manners and respect. Say please and thank you, admit your mistakes, apologize, and treat people, in general, with kindness and respect. The reward of this behavior is that your children will grow up having many friends and a family that loves being around her.
  • Share. Share with your children so they understand the importance of sharing with others. Compliment them when you see them sharing with others.
  • Keep kids healthy. Children tend to behave badly when they’re tired or hungry. Kids need sleep and nutritious foods to survive. It’s that simple.
  • Practice family politeness. Everyone in the family must practice “please” and “thank-you” policy in which, for example, no request is considered unless the person asking says “please.” When one of your children forgets, just give him or her a look that says, “I’m waiting.” They soon catch on. Use the same approach for saying “thank you.”
  • Thank-you notes. Teach your children the importance of thanking people for gifts. Show them how to write notes and make sure that they are sent promptly after receiving gifts.
  • Praise good behavior. Praise is a wonderful teacher. Tell your children how proud you are when you notice them being polite and following the “please” and “thank-you” guidelines that you’ve set.
Oh and one last thing…”please” don’t forget to teach children to respect oncoming traffic and move to the curb if they see a vehicle coming 🙂

 Below is an interesting infographic that shows some statistics on manners.

If you have found these tips for teaching children manners please spread the word 🙂


  • Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Thanks for the kind words. Sharing is always appreciated and hopefully others will find something helpful as well.

  • Victoria M.

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    I’m curious: why did you edit this picture to make the child look like he is from Boston? This picture is of an European child and was taken at a Dutch-German soccer match.

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  • Shafiqa

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    Nice information thanks

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