Say Please and Thank You – Creative Ways to Teach Your Kids Manners

by Emma W.R. on November 11, 2015

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Teaching your kids to say “Please” and “Thank You” is not just teaching them manners but is also a way to teach them respect and how to get along better with others.  It is important to start teaching them manners from the very start.  Teaching them to say “Please” is showing them the best way to get what they want.  Teaching them to say “Thank You” shows your kids the best way to end a conversation.

One creative way I have experimented with to teach my kids manners is to host a pretend tea party.  I write invites ending with please and attach a response card that already has the words thank you imprinted.  During the party, they must say those two important phrases in order to get goodies and say thank you after receiving them.  It’s a start and a fun time.

Another way to reinforce and help teach your children to always use manners is to make a bead ribbon.  I hang a long ribbon on their door, and then whenever they say please and thank you without being prompted, I add a bead onto the ribbon.  It is important to reward positive behaviors.

I love art and crafts projects so I incorporate please and thank you into a craft.  I buy large felt letters and have them glue the words “PLEASE” and “THANK YOU” on construction paper.  Then they cut out pictures from magazines that match the words.  Depending on the age this craft can vary.  You can google how to say these words in all different languages and write those on the poster or add an acrostic puzzle.

Keep in mind that from the time a child begins to speak they copy what they hear.  It is important to always use please and thank you in order to impress the importance onto your child.
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Dana January 14, 2016 at 10:40 am

Please please please teach your kids manners! I’m a teacher and there are so many kids I come across who aren’t polite or know how to say thank you!

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Maritza December 18, 2015 at 3:22 pm

Remember moms, the earlier you start teaching them, the better. Also say please and thank you for everything yourself. Kids mimic everything you do!

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Carla December 17, 2015 at 10:03 am

I’ve been practicing with my kids since they could talk! Manners are important and I want them to be polite.

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Jordie December 11, 2015 at 11:22 am

Please teach your kids to do these simple things. They will find it so fulfilling.

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Jordie December 11, 2015 at 11:00 am

Some kids are so bad at saying thank you! These are great ideas, thanks

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Liz December 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

Love this! The best way kids learn is through fun and activity!

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Yvette M. December 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

I agree that teaching your kids manners is very important. I have always done this, but as teenagers my children are more reluctant to do this because it’s no longer cool. After my son’s graduation, I tried to get him to sit and fill out thank you cards. What a fight! Next time I will order custom thank you cards. They are only $1.07 per card and I won’t have to be embarrassed when I run into a relative wanting to know if my son liked their gift. It may not be cool but this generation needs to understand the importance of soft skills.

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Annie November 17, 2015 at 3:43 pm

I love this, sometimes I think people forget how important this is.

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