Manners are something we learn by observing good examples and with consistent practice. I admit, our children don't always have the best manners. They don't always step as lightly as they should, smack their food & often have elbows on the table. We have taught them to say please & thank you and to call their elders Ma'am & Sir. I can attribute our children's basic manners to two things:
- Little Annie's Art Book of Etiquette & Good Manners by Barry & Saundra Stebbing - This is a fun book with activities and coloring pages. I've used it for nearly 20 years and the children still enjoy it.
- Polite Moments Published by Plain Path Publishers - These are great little books you can tuck into your bag for those times you find yourself waiting with the children. I've also used them as bedtime stories. They give short object lessons even the youngest children can understand and remember.
- Louisa Mae Alcott's books are all filled with wonderful examples of children learning the importance of proper character and manners. My favorites are Eight Cousins and A Rose In Bloom. Jack and Jill is a fantastic story as well. Many people only know her by "Little Women" but she wrote so many other excellent stories that are well worth adding to the home library!
My favorite from last week:
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