Brown: mastering good back-to-school manners | Your Valley
By SueAnn Brown
Where did the summer go? Many of our children have started school or will soon be.
Because they spend more than a third of their day at school, good manners are of great importance.
Talking to your child about back-to-school manners will give them the confidence they need. As various social situations arise, they will know how to cope. This gives them the opportunity to focus on learning new things and socializing with new friends.
Here are some ways to get back to school that will help your child get through the new school year more easily:
• Respect the classroom rules. Parents should ask the new teacher for these rules.
• Raise your hand and don’t speak.
• Listen and don’t interrupt.
• Help with cleaning.
• Take turns and share.
• Help others in need.
• Say “Please”, “Thank you” and “You are welcome. “
• Respect your friends, teachers and school rules.
• At lunch, do not share your drinks, chew with your mouth closed, sit in your seat while eating, clean up and throw away your garbage. Do not grab or throw food.
• Practice the golden rule “Treat others as you would like to be treated”.
• Be kind to others.
• Don’t gossip or say mean things.
• Be the friend you would like to have.
• Practice good hygiene (daily bath, brush your teeth, comb your hair, wear clean clothes and keep your nails clean).
• To be on time.
• Teachers and adults should be called by Miss, Mrs., Mrs. or Mr. with their last names.
If you want your kids to have good manners, be sure to set a good example.
After they hear you say “Please”, “Thank you” and “You are welcome”, they are likely to follow. Praise them for being mindful of their ways to encourage them to continue.
Happy school year!
Editor’s Note: SueAnn Brown is the owner of It’s All About Etiquette.