by Lois Jamieson
Hey kids, here is a short list to help you have good manners:
1. Treat others the way you want to be treated. You will feel much better about yourself when you respect others. When I first taught an etiquette class to eight to twelve year old girls we began each meeting with our Golden Rule – “I will treat others as I would like to be treated.”
2. If you have chores to do at home or school try to do them without complaining or being grumpy. It only makes you feel worse.
3. Practice good table manners at home before you go out to eat at a restaurant or someone’s home. Learn where to put your napkin and what fork to use first. If you do this, you will feel good about yourself and have a better time.
4. Remember, food should be seen and not heard. Don’t slurp your soup or talk with your mouth full of food.
5. If you are a student at StarShine you already know how to meet and greet people. If you haven’t learned this from your school or family, here are a few important tips. Look into the eyes of the person you are meeting. Shake hands while introducing yourself and you might also tell them something about yourself.
6. Try not to mumble when you talk. Sometimes you do it because you are shy, but it is important to learn to speak clearly.
7. Writing a thank you note is a great way to let your Mom or Dad or your grandparents know you have very good manners and you appreciate their gift.
If you forget everything else about having good manners, remember these words:
Please – Thank you – Excuse me – I’m sorry
Now go out, have fun, and show everyone your good manners.
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