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I enjoy all things etiquette! I really do! Also, having small girls ages 14 months and 3 years of age ensures that I stay on top of my game 95% of the time because they are watching! Children are really like sponges, soaking it all in. They watch everything that we do, the good and the bad. Parents/ guardians are true first examples of everything! Toddlers are learning as they grow and watching their parents to see what is appropriate or inappropriate.
Within the last four years I have learned that it’s important for me to practice what I preach because Chloe and Cayle will show me what type of mom I am being to them through their actions. Think about it, when small children walk around the house with a toy to their ear acting as if it were a phone they are imitating what they have seen in their immediate environment, usually from their parents.
Now, I honestly am enjoying seeing my little ones grow! Chloe is a very busy toddler who is involved in gymnastics, dance, and swim. She and I talk about what’s proper and what isn’t on a daily basis. She talks about what she has seen her peers do versus what I teach her. It’s a never ending story. Ahaha! While Chloe is far from perfect, she shares with me that she doesn’t understand why people behave with inappropriate manners, so me having to discuss why other people behave differently is a totally different conversation. I mean kids like to ask why. 🙂 This is the part of me that wishes more parents took the time out to teach children proper manners.
I believe that toddlers as early as one years old can learn basic manners without being able to verbally articulate them. Here are a few manners that all toddlers should know; speak when someone speaks to you, do not pick in your nose, wash your hands after using the restroom, be kind, share, and clean up after yourself. Cayle understands that we wash our hands and we say our grace before we eat, so although she can’t articulate it, she reaches for me to pick her up so that she can wash her hands, and she puts her hands together when it’s time to pray. Those two things make me feel proud. While, I am speaking about saying grace. Moms and Dads, it’s never too early to start teaching table manners. Elbows off the table, sitting up straight, and not throwing food across the table are a few table manners that should be taught. Remember, children learn from repetition and consistency is key. Children are smart and they love structure although it may not seem like it sometimes. If they think they can get away with it because you don’t always say anything they will try it. Correct the behavior by showing what is appropriate.
Model proper manners, be firm, be consistent, and have fun while doing it.
I’m super excited to release my new chidlren’s book! Chloe’s Mini Manners!
Pre- Order Chloe’s Mini Manners today! This book is such a fun and cute read for toddlers and small children. Chloe and friends showcase appropriate manners through scenarios that are illustrated throughout the book! Tell a friend! Order your copy today!!