Preschoolers’ Manners Can Be Taught in 5 Different Ways
Your youngster needs to learn the value of being kind right now.
It isn’t easy to gauge how polite a preschooler should be. After all, it’s normal for a young child to jump out of the dinner table as soon as she’s finished her nuggets. If a family friend brings her a gift and she forget to say thank you, she will be blamed.
If your child is still a little self-obsessed in preschool, teaching etiquette is a terrific way to remind them that other people in the world are important and deserve respect. Begin working on these behaviors immediately to cultivate his sense of decency.
When it comes to preschool and the playground, kids are expected to take turns, share, and be polite to each other.
Show your child the behaviors you want them to have by pointing them out in other people. The more you expose your youngster to people doing suitable activities, the more likely he will identify with them.
This age group is still very possessive, so it may be challenging for you to get your child to share. Consider that it may take him some time to realize that he is uncomfortable when someone else is playing with his toy, so be patient. When your child offers a toy or rides his scooter to someone else, show your appreciation by becoming animated. Your youngster may be more interested in receiving your praise than in the toy itself.
Thank you and please.
Using “magic words” with your child may seem like a pleasant habit, but these niceties help others feel better.
Be an inspiration. Kids enjoy copying their parents. But if you praise her and respond immediately to her polite requests and responses, she’ll learn to use please and thank you even faster. Give her a gentle nudge if she seems to have forgotten.
Interruption Is Not Permitted.
Your free hand is tugged so hard that you believe it’s King Kong on the other end of the phone. As a parent, you know that he typically demands it immediately when your child wants your attention. But he’s old enough to be patient and occupy himself for a short period, so it’s OK to let him wait for a few minutes.
Explain that interrupting someone else’s conversation unless necessary is not acceptable (someone is hurt or he has to go to the potty immediately). Remind him politely but firmly that Mommy is on the phone if he bothers you with anything else. Keep playing with your bricks until I’m done talking; then, I’ll be there. After you’ve finished talking, thank him for his patience and acknowledge that you’ve given him your full attention.
Saying hello and goodbye and being able to answer a fundamental question are all essential social skills for children to learn.
If you want more than just a polite hello from your child, ask her to tell you a bit about the person she’s meeting. “Can you see what color Mrs. Johnson’s eyes are?” is a possible line of questioning. Her eye contact with adults will improve as a result of this.
The next step after teaching your youngster to say “hello” is teaching them how to shake someone’s hand. According to Vankevich, it’s important to educate her on the difference between a weak, “dead-fish” handshake and one that’s solid and pleasant. Then, pretend to be different characters or friends at home and practice making introductions.
Eat at a Table
It can be difficult for any child to sit still for more than a few minutes, especially if there is no television or other distraction. Most children can sit for around 15 minutes at the table at this age. Start with ten and work your way up if you find it too difficult. You want your child to know that dinnertime is a time to spend with your loved ones.
Set up a schedule that minimizes distractions and conflicts so that you can focus on the task at hand. Here are a few pointers: Allow your child to assist set the table each night and try good rewarding behavior with a sticker when they do an excellent job by avoiding juice or snacks shortly before mealtime. Teaching your children about proper table etiquette is also a great way to spend quality time together. Don’t use your phone when you’re eating. Grasp your fork and spoon with your mouth shut as you chew. Think of all the sophisticated meals you’ll have in the future if you break out of your old ways.