Benefits of Good Manners


Self-confidence is inspired by having good manners and feeling comfortable in various situations. This gives kids an edge in school, in group activities, parties, among adults and other public arenas.

By Jackie Saulmon Ramirez | September 2, 2015

As children grow, one of the best skills needed in life is good manners.

From the time children begin moving around on their own, they should be taught good manners by their parents. Manners are needed for a number of reasons, here are a few:

Good manners help with social development. Manners are a form of kindness that also teaches empathy toward others. These are all needed for an orderly society.

Manners teach children to be grateful instead of entitled. A child who demands things or privileges has no manners. The child that grows with ‘please, may I’ and ‘thank you’ learns to appreciate what they have.

Self-confidence is inspired by having good manners and feeling comfortable in various situations. This gives kids an edge in school, in group activities, parties, among adults and other public arenas. Good manners are appreciated by others.

Good manners shows respect for other people and that also teaches empathy. Respectful children tend to have self- respect as well.

Children who have good manners make a good impression. In a classroom full of children, the children most likely to be thought of first for recognition would probably be kids that are polite.

Many parents use well-mannered children as role models for their own children.

Heartfelt “Thank You” notes are treasured by the receivers and they say much about the giver.

A well-mannered child reflects positively on parents. Wherever a child goes, people notice a child with good manners and they understand they did not just happen, they must have been taught by their parents. Those parents rest assured that they have done well.

Parents of children with good manners may want to purchase ‘Thank You’ cards in bulk. By far, saying ‘thank you’ and sending ‘Thank You’ cards is one of the number one things a child should learn to do. The opportunities for ‘Thank You’ cards are endless: Gifts for any occasion, educators who taught and encouraged, librarians, mentors, coaches, bus drivers and so on.

Maya Angelou’s quote says it all:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou

Can you think of other benefits of good manners? Check out the resource below.

Learning and Practicing Good Manners, Grades K-5

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About Jackie Saulmon Ramirez

Jackie has volunteered extensively for more than twenty years in children's and families' issues with Parents Anonymous. Currently she writes for parents in the "Reminder" and the Soup to Nuts blog and "Parent Rap - Soup to Nuts" Facebook page. If you are interested in receiving the "Reminder," send her a message.
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