Imagine how mortified and humiliated the hostess felt after spending an entire day—at least eight to ten hours—cooking, preparing, and making sure everything was just right—not to mention days of cleaning beforehand—only to be confronted by unappreciative, unruly, or ungracious guests. As Christian parents we have the responsibility to teach our children Christian virtues that will attract others to the gospel of Jesus Christ. One simple way we can build Christian character into our children is to teach them gracious table manners—whether they are eating meals in our own homes or elsewhere.
My friend, Jean, taught me this many years ago.
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In that way, Jean made sure her children were never rude, whiny, fussy, or ungracious whenever they ate meals. Parents can start teaching their children gracious table manners early. Very few children will like everything put in front of them. They can eat more of what they like, and only two bites of any food they really dislike. When our oldest son was about 15 months old I noticed he only wanted to eat grilled cheese sandwiches and had stopped eating anything we served for dinner.
It was shortly after Thanksgiving in when I made Turkey and Dumplings. He refused to eat it for dinner that night. I found this book in our local library. Although it may seem a little young for older children, the cartoon characters and funny remarks should appeal to any age group.
Manners at School Way To Be! Time to Say "Please"! May I Please Have a Cookie? Scholastic Readers, Level 1.
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Mind Your Manners! Manners at the Table Way to Be. Manners on the Playground Way To Be! Veterinarian Role Play Costume. Do Princesses Wear Hiking Boots? Oops, Sorry!
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Clifford's Manners. What you will need: Large Sheets of Construction Paper Or tape two pieces of regular-sized sheets together on the long sides. Some of the desire for manners is rooted in an old discipline of obedience that was part of every family structure in the past. I have challenged this quest for good manners for many years. When I was a child, I was very rebellious and hated anything associated with manners.
I believe I did that because my parents and my teachers used manners as a way to control their children and students, instead of explaining what manners meant and how we would benefit from using them. But I believe that when children know what it means to have manners and how they benefit from them, they are polite and show excellent manners naturally and effortlessly. Kids can tell when they do something to please their parents and when they do it because they want to.
Worse still, while some parents remind their kids to be polite quietly, others put on a big display, possibly because they see the behavior of their children as a reflection of their parenting abilities and their own manners. That sort of show, particularly when the child has already thanked the host, disrespects them and only makes them link manners with being humiliated.
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Manners are just social codes of behavior that people have discovered over time that show you can read and follow social cues. Children who learn to demonstrate the manners in the environment they live in do not stick out as rude and are considered respectful and with good social skills. Therefore, there are natural incentives for children to be polite and all we need to do as parents is point them out.
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As you can see, manners are a huge topic and a big part of our social skills. The most important thing in teaching manners is to make sure your children understand how they can benefit from them.
When your children are young, you can explain some of the reasons and create opportunities for them to see how much they benefit from their manners. To support my manners commandments, I use every opportunity to tell my kids how well my manners have worked for me and how badly things have turned out when I did not use them. In a society full of bullying and self-centered children, it is helpful to teach your children the benefits of consideration for others and being polite.
My book The Magic Word is a rhyming story of a little girl who was rude, selfish and demanding — and had very few friends. She tried to become more thoughtful of others, and discovered that she was a much happier person.