Actions really do speak louder than words and parental role modeling helps teach children to be caring and kind. In fact, parents have the power to nurture, guide, show and instill kindness, responsibility and gentleness. Young children do not automatically use manners. Like apologizing and sharing, learning to use manners is part of a child’s social development and is best learnt through modelling and coaching, not by force. When children are polite, kind and honest, they develop character and also make their parents look good!
Good manners are important skills children should develop when they are young. After all, manners are beneficial for the rest of their lives. For children to be successful in life, they need to have social skills as well as academic skills. And if parents help young children learn polite and caring behavior, they will continue to use good manners and become more socially aware as they get older. Children become what they absorb around them. Be what you want them to become, and treat them the way you wish them to learn to be with others.
As such, Blossom organised an interactive ‘Playtime’ workshop on ‘Good Manners’ to help parents learn to educate their child with this ‘lifelong survival skill’ and learn tips on how to make learning manners fun! The workshop was conducted on the morning of 23 July 2011 (Sat) at Blossom Creative Centre (Bedok branch). The trainer, Ms Rosalind Yeow, is a trained facilitator for Parenting with Confidence and Playtime programs. She is passionate about proactive parenting and encouraging families to set a good foundation especially while their children are young.
All participants, young and old had loads of fun as Ms Yeow offered great advice for our parents and engaged the children in a myraid of fun activities to promote good manners among them. Besides having fun, she also gave parents some tips on how to instil good manners in their children. During the workshop, we learnt that teaching young kids manners is an on-going process. Try to be patient, and keep our expectations in line with what our child is capable of achieving at his/her age. Our time and patience will be rewarded every time he/she says “please” and “thank you”. The session ended with parents taking home valuable knowledge and tips for practising good manners with their children.
Every child is capable of age-appropriate manners. We cannot expect young children to be perfectly well-behaved all the time but we can get them in the habit of practising polite behavior early on. Children become what they absorb around them. Be what you want them to become and treat them the way you wish them to learn to be with others.