Friday, July 13, 2012

Etiquette Reaches Beyond Just “Being Nice”

As parents, we are charged with such great responsibility.  Not only it is our job to help our children become the best they can be, but it is often our greatest desire to see them reach their full potential. 


Whether we worry over how our toddlers will be treated by the other children, or we agonize over our full-grown children getting good jobs, we are emotionally invested in our children’s success.  Teaching our little ones the importance of etiquette is something that can help them reach their goals, as well as the goals we loving parents have for them.


Take for example the toddler mentioned above.  If your little boy is engaging in inappropriate behavior at the park, play group, or daycare center, then the other children are not going to want to play with him.  Not only does this affect his social standing, but it hurts a parent to see his or her child left out. 


Etiquette lessons are not just about which fork to use, rather they teach children how to interact appropriately in all types of social situations.  This results in better acceptance from the other children, and a more enjoyable experience for your child.


Older children also benefit from a solid foundation in proper etiquette.  The skills taught in these classes can actually help them in their regular school studies.  For example, learning better listening skills will ultimately teach them to pay better attention to their teachers. 


In addition, learning how to treat the teachers respectfully will help them create better relationships with the adults in charge of their learning experience.  In turn, teachers take more of an interest in the child who is kind and polite. 


It is a winning combination that leads to improved studies and learning opportunities.  Of course, a solid education is the foundation for so many other successes in life.


A good understanding of etiquette is something that will continue to benefit your child throughout his life.  From making a good first impression to communicating clearly, the skills taught in etiquette classes pertain as much to the workplace as they do to the schoolyard. 


For example, something as simple as learning the proper way to stand, sit, and walk (called deportment) will help your child convey a sense of self confidence that can help him get a good job and to be more effective at that job.  Learning good personal grooming habits can affect all of his relationships, including who he ultimately marries.


Giving your child a strong background in etiquette is something concrete that you can do as a parent that will undoubtedly help him become a more successful person.  He will be better liked and will be more prepared to graciously handle the things that life has to offer. 


As parents, these are the types of experiences we dream our children will have.  It’s wonderful to know that we have the ability to help guide and direct them toward this outcome.



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