Five Simple Tips to Teach Manners to Preschoolers

Is teaching manners to preschoolers a difficult task? Is preschooler need to be taught manners? Yes…teaching manners to preschoolers is very important. How to teach manners to preschoolers? Here are some simple and effective tips to teach manners to preschoolers. The first one is to use those magic words; find out what those magic words are here…

Teaching manners to preschoolers is a major responsibility for the parents. How nice it is to hear if your preschoolers’ teacher or a fellow parent says that your kid is well-mannered? When the children are well-mannered parents don’t mind taking them to a friend’s or relatives’ place. If you too wish to hear people say your preschooler as a well-mannered and disciplined child, this is what you must do. Here are some simple tips to teach manners to your preschooler.

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1. Use those magic words:

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Magic words, this is not the “abracadabra” that the magician uses. These magic words are “please,” “thank you,” “excuse me” and “sorry.” Use these words whenever you speak to your preschooler. If you want your preschooler to get you some water, say “Could you please get me a glass of water?” When your child brings water to you, say “thank you dear.” When you use these words your preschooler will automatically start using them. Many parents take it for granted when asking their child to do some work for them and order them to works rather asking them politely. Avoid doing this.

2. Ask and don’t tell:

Are you wondering what the difference between asking and telling is? “I want this pencil” is telling while “May I have this pencil, please” is asking. Do you find the difference between these two phrases? Isn’t the second phrase much more pleasing than the first one? When your preschooler says “Give me my book” tell him/her that it is not a good habit to say like that and tell them to ask “Could you please give me the book?”

3. Avoid shouting in a group:

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This is something majority of we parents do; whenever we see our preschooler behaving badly in a group we shout at them or scold them. Tell me how many of you have done this? How would you feel when somebody shouts at you in a crowd? This is how your preschooler will also feel; therefore, avoid doing so. Tell them they shouldn’t behave badly when they are doing so and if they are repeatedly doing it, just divert their attention to something else.

4. Make manners fun:

Think of some fun games to teach your preschooler manners. How about a small game for teaching table manners? Start with 10 points. Say that every time your preschooler talks with food in his/her mouth, preschooler will lose a point and every time he/she doesn’t spill while eating your preschooler would get one point. You can reward with a small hug or a kiss whenever your preschooler behaves well.

5. Be a role model:

Children take their parents as role model and imitate them. When they see you well behaved and mannered, they automatically start following them. They become a habit for them. When you use polite words they hear them and start using them at appropriate times.

None of us is perfect; however, if we start practicing them our children will follow suit.

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  1. It’s true education begins at home and parents are the role model for kids, you can’t ask for good manners if you don’t have them. Great tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. Excellent advive and tips. The magic words are very effective in teaching preschoolers about manners. Parents should also be role models. Good visual images.

  3. great share with useful tips.

  4. Useful article. Thank you Anu Ratha

  5. Very nice tips Anu.

  6. Good tips and a well written article.

  7. Nicely written Anuradha, with a visionary view.

  8. Good advice here. At school I find that children now do demand rather than ask nicely.

  9. A wonderful article :)

  10. Good ideas. I’ll give this to my cousin because she has a 2 1/2 year old daughter and a 9 month old son. My nephew knows his manners, he’s been in school since he turned 2 years old. He is now 5 years old and quite astutue.
    The other day my mom, sister, nephew and I went to dinner. All the way back he had us guessing what the sign language he did means and he hears and talks perfectly.

  11. a very informative and educational article. i really loved reading about the five tips to teach manners to pre-schoolers and the photographs and video enhanced the article. thanks very much Anuradha for creating and sharing this beautiful work.

  12. A very good post for parents of all small children to take note of.


  13. Excellent. This is so needed today. It seems manners have just become old fashioned, and crude and rude are the order of the day. Great share.

  14. very useful, not even at school.

  15. very useful indeed. a must read for parents… they are the ones responsible for teaching these to their kids.

  16. Great share here cheers

  17. Good article. I’m still teaching my toddler to use those magic words more often. She sometimes forgets =)

  18. good tips for young parents.

  19. good tips

  20. A helpful guide to parents. Well written. Thanks for sharing.

  21. Such a positive post for parents!

  22. Nice Share.


  23. These tips are useful and positif to teach to the children.

  24. These make a person for life, a necessary share.

  25. Hi Anu, being the mother of a preschooler I like this very much. :)

  26. These are good suggestions Anuradha.

  27. You are so true, leading by example is the best. Thank you for your great article on manners.

  28. I find teaching my 2 year old son manners quite a mammoth task, but your post has given me some easy cues. Will surely try out the point system at the dinner table.

  29. Great tips! It’s so important to teach manners in school but it must be also taught at home or it would not make good results.

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