25 Manners Kids Should Know

Manners & Responsibility: Chores Kids Can (and Should) Do
Need an etiquette refresher? Helping your child master this list of good manners will get him noticed — for all the right reasons.
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Your child's rude 'tude isn't always intentional. Sometimes kids just don't realize it's impolite to interrupt, pick their nose, or loudly observe that the lady walking in front of them has a large behind. And in the hustle and bustle of daily life, busy moms and dads don't always have the time to focus on teaching etiquette. But if you reinforce these 25 must-do manners, you'll raise a polite, kind, well-liked child.

Shannon Greer
Shannon Greer

Manner #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

Shannon Greer
Shannon Greer

Manner #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

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Manner #3

Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

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Image Source/ Veer

Manner #4

If you do need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation

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Image Source/ Veer

Manner #5

When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

Manner #6

The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.

Manner #7

Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.

Reed Davis
Reed Davis

Manner #8

When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

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Manner #9

When you have spent time at your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you had.

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Dreamstime

Manner #10

Knock on closed doors -- and wait to see if there's a response -- before entering.

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Manner #11

When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

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Manner #12

Be appreciative and say "thank you" for any gift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have a powerful effect.

Robyn Lehr
Robyn Lehr

Manner #13

Never use foul language in front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find them boring and unpleasant.

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Manner #14

Don't call people mean names.

Christa Renee
Christa Renee

Manner #15

Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel.

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iStock

Manner #16

Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best.

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Fancy Photography/Veer

Manner #17

If you bump into somebody, immediately say "Excuse me."

Alexandra Grablewski
Alexandra Grablewski

Manner #18

Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.

Frank Heckers
Frank Heckers

Manner #19

As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

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Jill Chen/ istock

Manner #20

If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say "yes," do so -- you may learn something new.

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Fancy Photography/ Veer

Manner #21

When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

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Fancy Photography/ Veer

Manner #22

When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!

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Manner #23

Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what adults do.

Werner Straube
Werner Straube

Manner #24

Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.

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Fancy Photography/ Veer

Manner #25

Don't reach for things at the table; ask to have them passed.

Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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