Note: This picture was taken Mother’s Day, 2015, but I am pairing it with an article written in 2010, as I consider it worth repeating.
The Importance of RAISING MANNERLY CHILDREN cannot be overemphasized. Manners are, in essence, simply the thoughtful consideration of the needs and wants of others.
The Golden Rule is so named because if you learn it, all else of value follows.
And if you don’t . . .
A life of misery–for you, your child, your child’s spouse and children and coworkers, neighbors–is what’s in store if you don’t teach your children manners.
Or, let’s look at it another way: Teach your children to think of others and they will naturally have manners.
This is an ongoing task (see the article’s end for how to begin with ease and quick results), but the rewards are commensurate with the effort.
Seth, (a 10-year-old), has an excess of energy, and sometimes tears through the house like a dervish. Recently he raced past the girls and me, who were having a pleasant conversation, yelling and brushing against us.
It was time for conscious parenting. Time to heed that little voice in my head that said, “Stop what you’re doing, stop having a nice chat with your girls, and deal with this.” So I stopped.
IT’S MY JOB.
Not fun, but necessary. I will not be the mother of a hellion, who thinks the conversations and happiness of others beneath his time and consideration.
Yes, we all know someone like this. An adult. Not a pretty picture.
Remember: If you don’t care enough to teach your child to be kind and considerate, who will?
But how? Where to begin? An excellent place to start is with Munro Leaf’s books, those loved and still remembered by my kids–Manners Can Be Fun, How to Behave and Why, and How to Speak Politely and Why.
Fun, funny, great illustrations, and effective: Munro Leaf.