Is your kid the one in the waiting room with the other children screaming, hitting or throwing toys? It can be one of the most frustrating things for a parent to have a rude child and not know what to do about it. It’s easy to watch and cast the blame on the parents for not teaching the child better but who is really teaching the parents how to raise polite children?
We live in a rude society, unfortunately. And it’s up to each parent to make the choice to change this by raising children to know manners. It’s easier than you might think but many adults just don’t think about the process that goes into actually teaching manners to someone else.
Here are some ways that you can avoid raising a rude child:
Start explaining good manners as young as possible- While it’s never too late to start, it’s idea to begin teaching your child good manners from the very beginning. One of my third child’s first words was “bless you” which he would say after every time someone sneezed. People are regularly amazed that my 2-year-old says “please” and “thank you” without being told. But aren’t these the very basic building blocks of manners?
Demand good manners in your home and exhibit them yourself- If you don’t want to have a rude child then you must demand good manners from everyone in your home. It’s tough to teach a child to be polite and respectful of others if mom and dad or older siblings don’t exhibit the same behaviors you expect from your child.
Teach proper listening skills- Part of having good manners involves listening to others. Teach your child proper listening skills from an early age and it will help them go far in many areas of life and it will also help them to be a more polite and respectful person.
Set and enforce rules- Rules are created for a reason. We have government and police rules, school rules and rules in the workplace. Teaching your child at a young age to follow the rules is essential for getting them started on the right track in life. A child who follows the rules and respects the rules will display good manners.
Don’t tolerate rude behaviors- If you want to avoid rude children, then don’t allow them to perform rude actions and behaviors. When you see it, correct it immediately and make your child take responsibility by apologizing if necessary.
Set a good example- It’s been said before but always set the proper example of what you want your child to be like. If you are rude and inconsiderate of other people or of your child, then he will learn this behavior from you. Take time to explain why certain things are considered rude or impolite and your child will have an easier time learning to follow the example.
Now that you know more about how you can teach even the youngest child manners, you don’t have to raise a rude child. Remember also that your actions speak much louder than words and children will mimic what you do. Be the example of what you want them to be and you will raise children you can be proud of.