Every parent wants their child to understand and practice good manners. Despite the habits of our modern day culture you can teach kids good manners and impress everyone around them with their knowledge of basic etiquette but it almost seems as though rude behavior has become the norm. The first step to raising a polite tween is getting your child to say "Please," "Thank You," and "You're Welcome" when appropriate. It's also one of the hardest habits to establish. Role playing can help you reinforce how to respond to kindness, a compliment or any other situation that would require her to react positively. Let her know that you noticed and that you're proud she remembered to use them, when she uses her good manners. When it comes to teaching kids manners don’t overlook the lost art of writing thank you notes, they are a must. weens are old enough to write a note of thanks to friends, grandparents, or anyone who offers him a gift at Christmas, his birthday, or any other occasion. Phone calls and emails don't take the place of a hand-written note. By purchasing stationary with his initials or have him choose something of his own liking you can encourage your tween.

Teaching good manners to your tween

Often children forget everything they know about table manners when they hit the tween years. However, now is the time to make sure your child understands table manners. Show him to place his napkin in his lap, and teach him to wait to eat until everyone at the table has been served. weens should be told to chew their food with their mouths closed and to take small bites of food at a time. Also teaching kids manners means showing them that it's impolite to pick food out of their teeth or their braces at the table. Tweens can be super competitive and that's not necessarily a bad thing although often competition can go too far, especially on the playing field. Every tween should know the basics of good sportsmanship, and that includes knowing how to win and lose with grace. He should withhold taunting and gloating, and instead make the effort to thank his competitor for a good game and a fun time in case your child is on the winning team. He should reach out and congratulate the winner with the shake of a hand and a smile in case your child is on the losing team. Imagine how impressed your neighbor would be when your child is asked for dinner, and then offers to help clean the table? If he needs help preparing for a project during recess, or calling grandparents to see if they need their lawn mowed are other examples of offering to help might include asking his teacher. From time to time it’s normal for tweens to try-out new words. You have some work to do to get her to clean up her language in case your tween is taking a lot of liberties with her vocabulary.