10 Manners Your Kid Should Know by Age 5

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Kids are never too young to learn manners. In fact, in a day and age when we are seeing more teenagers lacking in the manners department, it seems more important than ever that parents start early in teaching their children how to interact with the world. The truth is your child will get further in life and will be more respected by adults and playmates alike if they learn manners.

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Whenever I see a child without a clue about how to act in public or how to interact with adults, I immediately blame the parents. Very young children are not just developmentally ready, but eager to learn how to appropriately engage with others socially.

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How to say “please” and “thank you”

“'Please' and 'thank you,” in the words of Barney the Purple Dinosaur, “truly are the magic words.” And this little tidbit of mannerly behavior can be taught even before your child is able to talk. Making “please” and “thank you” a habit in the home makes these courtesies a habit in life.

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How to cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough

Spittle flying from little noses and mouths is just plain gross. Trust me: teachers appreciate children who know this before they get to school.

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How to ASK before taking

There is nothing more disturbing than a child who hasn't yet learned that they aren't the center of the universe. Children should ASK before taking something that is not theirs, and this includes Mom and Dad's stuff.

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How to say sorry: for real

Not the kind of “I'm sorry” that means nothing because they were forced to say it by an angry parent. Empathy is definitely a life skill.

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10 Manners Your Kid Should Know by Age 5

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (w ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Ciarra Ciarra says:

    I truly enjoyed this is think two other very important manners are pointing and starring. I’ve found not only at people but I dislike to see kidsome who see other kids with things they want such as candy stair at them or point. In my opinion pointing gives kids a reason to use there words less. If they are of talking age such as my son then I prefer he describe things. These manners listed above except the door thing my two year old already follows. I approve that saying them and staying with it even as early as a year is very effective. My son just turned five and as I stated my daughters two and knowing maneeds are the one thing I’ve greatly prided myself on as a mother cause I know with the it’s a nudge in the correct direction in life.

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