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How do you know the kid is American? Poor Manners! 4 Resources to Help – Southern Hospitality Series

I heard a former missionary say how the American kids and teens they met internationally were almost always the least well mannered (of all the other nationalities) in greeting and talking with adults.

It’s sad to me that I find myself surprised when a child or teen politely talks, has good eye contact, can carry on a conversation, and act interested in something besides themselves.

We, at the Durbin household, are bumbling along with this just like most every American home.  And trust me, we have much progress to make!  That’s why I keep my eye out for resources to help with good manners!  There are maaaany others (including free online articles, printable flash cards, games, etc), but here are our four favorites.

Younger children:
We had fun going through these at many a meal time when my kids were little.
Eeboo Good Manners Flash Cards

Older children/teens:
We are still working our way through this great tool.
Manners Made Easy for the Family:  365 Timeless Tips for Every Occasion

More recently I came upon this article in the March 2014 issue of Family Fun Magazine.  It’s chock full of fun, interactive ways to help teach different aspects of manners.

Plus, don’t forget that many principles behind good manners are Biblical.  For verses, discussions points, and take action ideas, see topics such as Respect, Hospitality, Kindness, etc. in your copy of Parenting with Scripture: A Topical Guide for Teachable Moments

Show proper respect to everyone.  1 Peter 2:17


What’s your favorite tip or resource for teaching manners to your kids?



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