How can our children learn manners if they never see them

Manners are important to me.

It’s important to me that my children say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’.

I get really wound up when people are rude.  What message does it send to our children if adults around them don’t take a few seconds out of their day to be polite and kind?-The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any- (1)

I came across this quote the other day, and I really liked it.

How are our children supposed to learn manners if they never see them used?

Steve and I have always been polite to each other.  Our children have always heard us saying please and thank you in conversation.

Of course, we’re not perfect.  Far from it.  And I’m sure there are times when we’re annoyed with each other and aren’t as polite as we should be.

But as much as possible we try to model the behaviour we would like to see in our children.

So that for us means being polite to each other, and to them.  How else are they supposed to learn about good manners?

Do you agree?  How important are manners to you and your family?


Cuddle Fairy


  1. Jaki 21/02/2017 / 4:19 pm

    Completely agree! And manners cost nothing, it’s so important to me that my little one knows this too. #candidcuddles

  2. fridgesays 21/02/2017 / 8:34 pm

    #candidcuddles absolutely! I’ve cracked it with manners – he has them down and uses them well, having a teacher for a mum means he is drilled and even tucks his chair in 🙂 what i don’t ask of him, nor demonstrate is continuing to be polite when people are rude. instead we walk away, lifes too short for mundane squabbles.

  3. Heledd @ yummyblogger 22/02/2017 / 10:08 pm

    Totally agree – we try and still it into my toddler.
    A friend thinks it’s a waste of time but I find it really odd when her toddler just takes things and never says please or thank you!

    • This glorious life 25/02/2017 / 5:09 pm

      Thank you, it’s a great quote isn’t it, so true! x

  4. Absolutely Prabulous 24/02/2017 / 4:27 pm

    Yes yes yes yes (said a hundred more times). You’d think it was obvious wouldn’t you but apparently society is blind to it for the most part. I can’t help laugh in astonishment over that quote being from Fred Astaire…he lived in a time where manners were still revered. He’d turn in his grave to see how much worse it is now! Woman after my own heart with this post. . How long could I chat to you about this? A. LONG time! Thanks for joining

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