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Etiquette Rules for Children

Ten Etiquette Rules for Children – Teaching manners to your children gives them the tools to function and succeed as adults. Ann Marie Sabath, author of Business Etiquette: 101 Ways to Conduct Business with Charm and Savvy, and founder of At Ease Inc (an etiquette training firm), says that children should know these ten rules of etiquette.


I try to teach my kids manners, but sometimes it is difficult to determine just what to expect from them.  I found this article about etiquette. I’m not sure what age it is meant for, and maybe I am a bit too relaxed, but a couple of these seem to be a bit too much to ask. I think you have to pick your battles when teaching kids right from wrong. Other than that, there are some good points here. I’m seeking out her book for more recommendations for adult etiquette.

Etiquette Rules for Children

Etiquette Rules for Children – How to Dine
When invited to a pre-arranged meal, always use your utensils from the “outside in.” After all, utensils are set in the order that food will be served.

Etiquette Rules for Children – Telephone Manners
When calling a friend, identify yourself to the person who answers the phone before asking to speak your friend. By doing so, the parents or other family member who answer the phone will appreciate this courtesy and see you as friendly.

Etiquette Rules for Children – On Correspondence
Anytime it takes someone more than 15 minutes to do something for you, send the person a thank-you note. By doing so, the person will know you really appreciated what was done for you.

Etiquette Rules for Children – Be Gracious
When you are sent an invitation that requires an RSVP, be sure to let the person know if you will be able to go to the gathering. After all, “RSVP” means “respond if you please.”

Etiquette Rules for Children – Shoes Are Important
When getting dressed each day, be sure that your shoes are well-maintained. People associate the way you take care of your shoes with the way you handle detail in the rest of your life.

Etiquette Rules for Children – Be Open to New Foods
When you are invited out to eat and are served a food that is not your favorite, try a piece of it anyway. You may be surprised and find that you end up liking it.

Etiquette Rules for Children – Ask Questions
When talking with friends and family, always make a point of asking them questions about themselves. People will see you as interesting if you are interested in them.

Etiquette Rules for Children – At the Table
When eating a roll, be sure to break off a bite-sized piece at a time. No bread-and-butter sandwiches, please.

Etiquette Rules for Children – Be Friendly
When you are in school, be cool by making a point to talk with that new kid in your class. If the tables were turned, wouldn’t that make you feel good?

Etiquette Rules for Children – The Rule of Twelve
When talking with others, always use a form of thanks and the person’s name in the first 12 words you speak (“It’s good to see you, Mary,” or “Thanks for picking me up from soccer, Dad.”) By following this rule of 12, people will want to continue to do nice things for you.

Do you have any Etiquette Rules for Children to add?

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