Train up a child in the way he should go even and when he is old he shall not turn from it..Proverbs 22:6
Children are not naturally inclined to be well behaved.
Good behavior in children is taught and nurtured .
Being around a child or grown up who is well mannered is a pleasure and a delight and it is a skill that in life will open doors.
A book i have been reading set in the period just before the 2nd world war says that the sign of a well brought up child is gratitude.
And the best person to teach your child good manners is you..as a parent or guardian by setting a good example.
The best time to instill good behavior and manners and before they get to 7 years of age.
A good place to start is by expressing gratitude in the presence of your child for something your spouse or someone else has done.
It is a sign of respect to be well mannered towards everyone you meet,no matter what social class they belong to.
Acknowledge the help you have received from others.
When you are out shopping ,take this as an opportunity to teach your child by expressing gratitude for help you have received from the service staff .
If you are a Christian you express gratitude by saying grace before meals,thanking God for the provision of food.
The rainy season in Kenya just started after a dry spell,at the first drops of rain i said a prayer together with my children thanking God for the rain.
Express gratitude that the rain shall feed the crops out in the fields and there shall be food on your plates as well as in the homes of millions of other people.
Training in good manners requires patience and you may only see the results months after you started it .
Begin when your child is young,be patient and keep repeating the lessons.
I would love to hear from you.Share your ideas on how we can bring up well mannered children in our comments section