A Little Primer on Manners
Posted: June 18, 2019
As parents, we start teaching our toddlers to say “please” and “thank you” very early on.
Once they begin at Popkin-Brogna,they learn more about showing respect toward their peers and adults.
Though the children recite the words, it is important that as they grow and mature they also develop a deeper understanding of why manners are imperative to having success in all aspects of life.The good news is that through your child’s martial arts training, they are already well on their way to minding their manners. But don’t underestimate the power of your influence. So three ways you can help are:
1) Avoid Interruptions
It is not polite to interrupt a conversation between two people unless it’s an emergency. Children are notorious in forgetting this practice and a simple “excuse me” will alert the others that you have something you wish to say. Kids aren’t the only culprits. We live in a busy society, so don’t let your hefty daily grind keep you from actually listening to the conversations you are engaged in. When you ask your child or spouse how their day was, take the time to really listen to the answer instead of sneaking a peak at your smart phone to see who just sent you that email.
2) Full-Time Manners
It’s easy to remember to be respectful at weddings, office meetings and even martial arts class. So, make sure you and your family practice being polite on all occasions. And for the youngsters, yes, this may mean you have to practice being a little nicer to your brother!
3) Make Eye Contact
For today's kid, this is HARD ! It's made even more difficult by technology, because their eyes are used to being all over the place. Practicing 30 seconds of daily eye contact with no movement is a great start !
Learning to mind your manners is a lifetime journey. We could all do a little better at showing others how much we value them.