Manners kids should know by the time they are nine years old

While I agree with most of the “Manners” listed in the article, I’m not crazy about the wording of all of them.  And, as you may have guessed, I have something to say about four of them:

#6:  The world is not interested in what you dislike.  I disagree completely with this one.  Children should be able to express what they dislike as long as they do it politely.  When it comes to some things, we may overrule them, but they should be allowed to let us know what they don’t like.  For instance, I don’t have a problem with my daughter telling me that she doesn’t like jalapenos or mushrooms and I won’t force her to eat them, but not liking some of the vegetables won’t get her out of not eating them when they are the veggie du jour.

#8:  When people ask how you are tell them and then ask them how they are.  This goes for adults, as well.  If you’re going to ask someone how they are doing or how their day is going, mean it?  Don’t ask it as a courtesy and then look horror-stricken if the person tries to engage you in a conversation in answer to your question.  If you don’t have time or don’t want to chat, “good morning” or “good afternoon” is sufficient.

#13:  Never use foul language in front of adults.  The issue isn’t that adults already know the words and find it boring.  It’s that those words aren’t always appropriate and some people find them offensive.

#21:  When an adult asks you for a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.   When asked to do or help with something they don’t want to do, children don’t have to put on a fake smile and pretend they enjoy it, but need to do it without grumbling …and do it the first time they are asked.


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