Thursday 22 November 2018

Teaching Your Child the Importance of Good Behaviour and Manners

Every parent loves to believe that their child is a little angel who wouldn’t hurt a fly. The truth is that you need to keep a close eye on your cheeky monkey’s behaviour no matter how cute and innocent they may seem. With Christmas just around the corner, it seems that being a good boy or girl is high on their priority list so that Father Christmas visits them with all of their lovely presents. 

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However, are there any year-round techniques that will work for even the naughtiest of little elves? Take note of some of these ideas and you will soon find the perfect way to teach your child the importance of good behaviour and manners.

Super School
Depending on the age of your child, you might want to look for schools that instil excellent manners and discipline from a young age. If they are yet to start school, now would be the perfect time to start your research. Some might say that school uniform improves student behaviour, so you might want to look for primary schools that have a fairly strict uniform policy. Teaching your youngster the art of looking their best, being smart and following the rules, will help them with any behavioural issues they may have. Get to know their teachers and have regular catch ups with them so you can monitor their progress throughout the year too.

Talk to Them Like an Adult
No matter how little your children are, you should always try to speak to them like an adult. When they are learning the importance of ‘please and thank you,’ you want them to know that this is relevant in all aspects of their life, not just when they’re young. Explain the fundamentals of being kind, considerate and polite and they will absorb this information like a sponge, even if they are really tiny. The sooner they can learn these skills the more likely they will stick with them.

Lead By Example
Your little one probably looks up to you more than you would ever imagine. If you are out and about in a coffee shop or retail store, then you need to make sure you are using manners too. When your child sees you behaving well and being kind to others they will try their best to mimic this behaviour in their own lives. Often it can be quite difficult to reason with youngsters, especially toddlers, so don’t get too stressed out if they aren’t quite listening to everything you tell them. They will take everything on board at their own pace, so allow your little one to be an individual and learn gradually.

Reward Them
When your child displays beautiful behaviour and manners, you should always tell them how proud you are of them. This kind of positive reinforcement will stick with them and will make them want to please you even more.

Whether your child is a little angel or a cheeky monkey, there are always effective ways to keep their manners and behaviour in check, so consider all of the following ideas right now.

Jada x

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