Teaching children manners at a young age may solve many problems down the road. Manners or proper etiquette is one of the top lessons every child needs to learn. As an adult, we have to behave in a certain manner. We all know someone with bad manners that everyone avoids. To ensure that our children don’t become one of those people, it is important for children to learn proper etiquette. Here are some top rules that all kids should learn

  1. Say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ often
    • Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ shows appreciation to others. When thanked, then reply ‘you’re welcome’
  2. Greet someone when they come to visit or when you go to visit
    • Say hello or hi to elders and even to the other children you’re visiting to show respect. When people come visiting, say hello or hi to make the visitors feel welcomed.
  3. Take compliments graciously
    • If someone praises your children, teach them to say ‘thank you’. They should avoid putting themselves down or pointing out flaws.
  4. Good sportsmanship
    • After playing a game, no matter the outcome, be pleasant. If your child wins, tell them not to gloat or show off, but be kind to the other party. Alternatively, if they lose, they should not get angry and instead tell the other party, ‘good game’ or speak well of them.
  5. Do not interrupt others
    • Teach children not to interrupt others when they are talking or busy.

Good School covers lessons on etiquette and grooming as part of our unique Good School program. Find out more about the Good School Program by contacting us at info@goodschool.my  or sign up for our next parenting talk.


By Sonia Thor, Good School