Mrs. Good Choice is a former public school principal who has spent her life teaching children to make wise choices. She now wants to help YOU!
💛2016 is finished and 2017 is underway! It is a great time to begin new routines and projects with your children. A fun way to begin is to label each day of the week with a particular title. In the coming months, I will be sharing ideas on how to make this happen.💛
Let’s begin with Mannerly Monday.
We, as adults, know it is important to remind our children to use their manners every day. Older children need to see us model good manners and they depend on us to teach them to do the same. Younger children enjoy playing games and having special things happen in their lives. A great way to begin is by introducing Mannerly Monday in your home or classroom. It is a wonderful way to teach some of the most important manners needed for a lifetime and children will consider it a new, fun game.
Teach children to say:
Please; thank you; you’re welcome; yes, Ma’am; no, Ma’am; yes, Sir; no, Sir; excuse me.
Mannerly Monday would be a good day to teach children about important table manners:
To place their napkin on their lap before they eat, to keep their elbows off the table, to chew food with their mouth closed, and to wait for everyone at the table to have their food before eating.
It is a great way to teach boys the manners they will need to help them become kind gentlemen:
To show them how to hold open doors for ladies (and anyone, really) to teach them when they are riding in an elevator and the door opens … that it is polite to let ladies and their obvious elders leave the elevator first. Model for them how to help a woman with her coat. Can you imagine the expression on the face of an older woman when a seven- or eight-year-old boy asks them if they would like help with their coat?
My dad taught my husband something I found interesting. When a man is walking on a sidewalk or side of a road with a woman, the man should be on the outside of the sidewalk closest to the road. This is a very old tradition that shows that the man is protecting the woman from traffic or other danger. Neither Steve nor I had ever heard of this tradition. I found it very sweet and something to pass on to our youth!
I hope you make Mannerly Monday one of your 2017 resolutions. The possibilities for teaching opportunities are endless! My best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, (and mannerly) New Year!
If I can help you in any way, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would love to hear about your own Mannerly Monday experiences