23 Manners every child needs

ears ago, when I visited an elementary public school in Jammu, I saw a 10-year old kid interrupt two teachers talking in a corridor, to ask a question of no importance. One of the teachers rebuked the child with a ferocity that seemed out of proportion to the crime. I realized that the student wasn’t intentionally being rude; he simply didn’t know it was impolite to interrupt.

So I jotted down this list of all the basic manners that I felt a child should have mastered by the age of 10. I hope your family and school administrators also find it useful—and effective.


1. When asking for something, say “Please.”

2. When receiving something, say “Thank You.”

3.Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.

4.When you need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase ‘excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.

5. When you have any doubt about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grief later.

6.The world is not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to your self, or between you and your friends.

7. Do not comment other people’s physical characteristics unless, it’s to compliment them.

8. When people ask you how you are, tell them and then ask them how they are.

9.When you have spent time at your friend’s house, remember to thank his or her parents for the good time you had.

10. Knock on closed doors--- and wait to see if there’s a response---before entering.

11.When you make a phone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

12. Be appreciative and say “thank you” for any gift you receive.

13. Never use foul language in front of adults.

14.Don’t call people mean names.

15. Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak.

16. Even if a play or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested.

17. If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse Me”.

18. Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.

19. As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.

20. If you come across a teacher, a parent, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. You may learn something new.

21. When an adult asks you for a favour, do it without grumbling and with a smile.

22. When someone helps you, say “thank you”. That person, especially the teacher, will likely want to help you again.

23. Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
*Dr. Tej K.Munshi, {Ex. Prof. in Applied Sciences},
Feedback at: tejmunshi@gmail.com
Newyork, Phone No: 518-374-7036
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