Help children develop good habits and manners

Inculcating good habits and manners in children is an essential part of parenting and teaching. If you help your children learn healthy habits and manners early in life, it will bring lifelong benefits and these habits and manners will later transform into good values in children. Good habits and manners shape children’s personality and make them responsible and capable.habits

Who are responsible for inculcating good habits and manners in children? No doubt, they are parents, teachers, elders and caregivers. It is their duty to introduce good habits and manners to children; and let them understand their importance in life.

Here are very essential tips for parents and teachers for inculcating good habits and manners in children:

Being polite and sociable
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • be punctual and dutiful.
  • be honest and truthful; not to tell a lie.
  • greet elders and guests.
  • show best hospitality possible.
  • respect their teachers, elders and learned people
  • love younger ones and respect elders.
  • have patience and wait for their turn. Queue up!
  • keep out of bad company.
  • not to be rude to anyone and use bad or abusive language.
  • respect and be kind to community helpers.
  • not to tease a helpless person
  • not to interrupt while somebody is speaking.
  • not to tease or criticize others.
  • be friendly to everyone – old and young.
  • use magic words: Sorry, Thank you, Please, Sir, Madam, etc.


Helping and sharing
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • help others as much as possible and share their things with others.
  • help poor and needy people.
  • understand that sharing knowledge with others enhances our own knowledge.
  • experience that sharing things with others doubles our joy and happiness.
  • not be greedy.
  • know about the things that they should not share with others (hankie, spoon, shocks, etc).
  • not to be selfish, but to share all their good things with others.


School and education
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • know the importance of education in their life.
  • develop strong reading skills.
  • play, but not to ignore studies
  • value time; not to waste time
  • complete their home assignments on time and prepare well for assessments
  • develop good study habits.
  • get on a good schedule.


Saving and caring
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • not to waste electricity.
  • not to waste water. Close the tap properly after using it.
  • value money and be responsible with it.
  • use a piggy bank and save money and manage their expenses within a given budget.
  • care their belongings.


Eating and drinking
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • eat a healthy diet.
  • know the importance of healthy eating and why junk foods are not good for health.
  • eat good breakfast as it would keep him energized throughout the day.
  • enjoy home-made food.
  • eat more green vegetables and fruit; and avoid junk food.
  • not to talk when mouth is full.
  • not to drink with food in their mouth.
  • drink lots of water as a healthy habit of water drinking will keep them happy and their body strong.


Other healthy habits
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • know the importance of proper brushing.
  • brush their teeth two times in a day.
  • wash hands before and after eating food.
  • do some physical activities daily to stay fit and fine.
  • do some Yoga and meditation.
  • go to bed and wake up on time.
  • wake up early. Learn to wake up on their own.
  • go out  for some fresh outdoor activities every day.
  • clean up the mess in their room themselves.
  • not to watch too much TV and play too much video games as they will affect their eye sight.
  • keep their body clean including hair and well trimmed nails.
  • sleep for at least 8 hours in night.
  • wipe shoes on a mat before entering.
  • not to suck their thumb.
  • use a handkerchief close to their mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing.


Social life and security
Teach and encourage your children to:

  • to be happy and smiling.
  • be creative and original
  • stay alert from strangers
  • not to litter at home or at any public place.
  • wait in queue for their turn.
  • not to hurt animals and birds.
  • not to pluck flowers or destroy plants.
  • be organized and determined.
  • do their best in everything.
  • learn from mistakes.
  • interact with people.
  • do their work on their own.
  • not to throw rubbish on the road.
  • involve in household chores.
  • follow the rules while you are at school, at home, playing games or using public property.


For parents and teachers:

  • Explain to the children that good habits are essential for good life.
  • Be careful of what bad habits your kids are learning from you.
  • Your child’s habits start with you. So, be your child’s model.
  • Utilize the time the children spend at home to the fullest.
  • Don’t make angry noises or gestures.
  • Don’t use too much phone when the children are near you.
  • Do not shout at them or do not let them hear you talking louder to other people.
  • Do not talk bad about someone.
  • Don’t reward children with TV, video games, candy or snacks for a job well done. Find other ways to celebrate good behaviour.
  • Everyone likes to be praised for a job well done. Celebrate successes and help children and teens develop a good self-image.
  • Certain habits can be easily practised with children at home and some at school. So talk to your children’s teachers time to time about their habits and manners.
  • Instruct children on good habits and demonstrate these habit forming lessons over and over till they grasp them.



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