25 Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9

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From: SHINE FROM YAHOO - David Lowry, Ph.D.

MANNER #1

When asking for something, say "Please."

MANNER #2

When receiving something, say "Thank you."

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.

MANNER #4

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

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.

MANNER #8

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

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.

MANNER #10

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

MANNER #11

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

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.

MANNER #13

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

MANNER #14

Don't call people mean names.

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. Be compassionate.

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.

MANNER #17

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

MANNER #18

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

MANNER #19

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

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.

MANNER #21

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

MANNER #22

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

MANNER #23

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

MANNER #24

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

MANNER #25

Don't reach for thing at the table; ask to have them passed using "Please" and "Thank you."

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