Appropriate social behaviour, which is what we usually call ‘manners’, can be introduced from the time a child begins to walk.
Do not expect that children know what is required of them socially by osmosis; even wild horses teach their foals how to behave as part of the herd!
Allow children to participate in shared activities such as mealtimes; to ‘get a feel’ of what is happening, how it is done and what is expected.
- Start with one small activity, and break it down in even smaller steps and demonstrate.
- Allow three weeks for the child to make and retain the connections between the words and actions.
- Allow yourself the time to observe your child and give feedback with a friendly word or a smile.
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