How to Teach Your Toddler Manners
For those toddlers who tend to speak before they think (which can make for some difficult moments)!
My friend Justine was trying to get her toddler, Megan, into the bath one evening and suggested that since Granny was about to bathe, Megan could just take a bath with her. Megan replied, in front of poor Granny, “No Mom. Granny’s too fat. I won’t fit into the bath with her!” Embarrassing? Certainly. Unusual? Certainly not. Toddlers are not known for tact, and teaching them the ins and outs of manners can be challenging at the best of times.
Good manners are more than simply knowing what to say and when, says Colin Greer, author of A Call to Character. “They’re built on empathy, on respecting other people’s rights and personal space, and on treating them as equals who deserve the same common courtesy that we do. In fact, manners are a reflection of the way that we interact with people,” Greer continues. “And although we may take manners for granted, the reality is that children aren’t born with them, they’re bred with them.”
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