The way your child speaks to others will ultimately set the tone for their personal and professional relationships in the future. Therefore, it is crucial that parents teach their children basic social skills at a young age - this includes manners! Here are a few tips for teaching your preschooler manners:
Lead by example
The best way to teach a child anything is by practicing what you preach! If you want your child to say “thank you” and “please”, these words should be a part of your vocabulary as well. Children do what they see others doing, so you should use your manners when interacting with your partner and children.
Because preschoolers are still developing mentally and socially, they must be taught self-awareness. If they neglect to use their manners while interacting with someone, correct them by explaining what they should have said in that situation. To ensure you see behavior changes, you must be consistent with correcting your child; correct them each time they fail to use their manners.
Positive reinforcement is one the most effective ways to encourage behavior change in children. Just as you would correct your child when they fail to use their manners, you should praise them when they do. Positive reinforcement comes in many forms, including verbal praise and physical rewards. Whether it’s a “good job” or a piece of candy, your child will grow to love using their manners.
At The Kangaroo Forest, our childcare professionals design curriculum that promotes social development. We encourage our students to show respect for one another in all that they do. For more information, contact us today!