Teaching Kids Manners is Daily Process Adults Must Demonstrate

Little girl thinking

“Please” and “Thank You” are just the beginning

Gail Cawley Showalter

Our three year old granddaughter was consuming orange slices from the drink bar at Fuzzy Taco’s while we waited for our order. After she sucked all the juice from her last slice, she turned to her mom and said, “Go get me more oranges!” We all raised our eyebrows because her tone sounded more like an order than a request.

Her mom said calmly, “That isn’t how we ask. What’s the magic word?”

Puzzled, she thought for a few seconds before replying with certainty, “Go.”

We covered our laughter. Yet how often do we consider how we speak or sound to others?

Can you recall a time when an argument pursued just because of one word misspoken?

Or maybe a time when you said something intending to be cute but it came out hurtful?

Related Posts: Good Manners Begin at Home

Teaching Kids Manners in a Mannerless World


  1. These are good tips. Thanks for the article, it is very helpful. It is always better to teach manners to your kids from the earlier ages.

    I have a 4-years-old son, I was researching on the internet about manners to teach him, I found this post and found one more post that is very interesting and can be very helpful for every parent with a son. If you mind read it, here is the link: http://www.kidsarelovely.com/9-tips-how-to-raise-a-gentleman/ (the post is not something special, but it is worth reading).


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  3. Anonymous · · Reply

    Abracadabra**”””!!!*** Kids say the darndest things. . . but then again so do adults. Being a parent, “the hardest job you’ll ever love.” ~T

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