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Good Guidance with Silke Hetherington & Jenny Morris

Good Guidance
with Silke Hetherington & Jenny Morris
Good Manners – The Way To A Person’s Heart 
Call it old fashion but the reality is that people with good manners are pleasant to be around. They too are more likely to be liked, more employable, and more likely to feel good about themselves. Good manners are about being courteous, polite and respecting others as well as yourself. When you use manners you are considering the feelings of other people, and being the kind of person that others will like and respect. The good thing about manners is they are contagious – what you do encourages others to do the same to you.
Here are some simple but useful tips for you to teach and demonstrate to your child (guaranteed to make parenting easier at the same time): 
Be Polite 
    • say hello (or good morning) and goodbye when you meet someone you know
    • say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as often as possible
    • say ‘excuse me’ if you need to interrupt or pass between people
    • Always ask if you want to borrow something, and return it in good order
    • Take your turn (or offer others to go first)
    • For older children - when answering the phone say hello and who you are, and ask how you can help the person)
Be Respectful 
    • Look after yours and others property
    • Offer an older person (or a pregnant lady or a disabled person) your seat if they are standing
    • Open a door to others (don’t push your way in first)
    • Use nice language not bad language
    • Always introduce a friend (this is…..) if you know 2 people don’t know each other
    • Be aware of your noise level  - avoid being loud in a public place – it’s not fair on others
    • Be aware of your child’s behavior in public. Teach your child `rules when out in the community’ like keep your hands to yourself (not grabbing things off shelves); stay close; limit noise level; listen to and follow instructions
    • Treat others kindly
    • Be aware of others’ cultural ways (eg. spitting in public is not widely acceptable)
    • Always be aware of others feelings and respect them 
When Eating 
    • Never talk with food in your mouth – people are happy to wait, rather than try to decipher what you are trying to say
    • Eat silently and with your mouth closed
    • Avoid using your fingers except for finger foods
Having good manners not only makes you a pleasant person but will also make others want to be with you. 
Remember Adults: our behavior is on display. If we want children to learn appropriate behavior we have to be the example they follow. 

Adapted from `Kids Health Topics’ – Children, Youth and Women’s Health Service