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Manners Matter

By Melissa Mullane, Director of Lower School

In today's world, it's easy for families to overlook the importance of good manners amidst numerous distractions. However, teaching manners is crucial in creating respectful and thoughtful individuals. Manners encompass more than just saying "please" and "thank you," and it is our responsibility to teach children the importance of good manners. Here are five essential manners that matter.
  1. Saying "Please" and "Thank You": Encourage your child to use "please" when making requests and "thank you" when receiving something or someone's help. This simple act of politeness shows gratitude and respect.
  2. Greeting and Introducing Themselves: Teach your child how to greet others with a warm "hello" or "good morning." Additionally, help them understand how to introduce themselves by stating their name and extending a handshake when appropriate. This skill is crucial for building social connections.
  3. Sharing and Taking Turns: Emphasize the importance of sharing toys, games, and other resources with friends and siblings. Teach them the value of taking turns to promote fairness and cooperation.
  4. Listening Actively: Encourage your child to listen when others are speaking without interrupting. Teach them to maintain eye contact, nod, and ask questions to show that they are engaged and interested in the conversation.
  5. Using Table Manners: At meal times, teach your child basic table manners such as using utensils properly, chewing with their mouth closed, and asking to be excused when finished. These skills are essential for social gatherings and dining etiquette.
Manners are not just about etiquette; they are a fundamental part of character development. As parents, we play a vital role in shaping our children's behavior and values. By teaching them good manners, we instill the importance of respect, empathy, and self-confidence. These qualities not only benefit our children in their daily lives but also set them on a path toward success and fulfillment in the years to come.

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Harbor Day School is a co-educational private independent K-8 school established in 1952.