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Joe Navarro is a former FBI agent. Navarro specializes in the area of nonverbal communication and body language and has authored numerous books, including What Every Body Is Saying, Dangerous Personalities, Louder Than Words, Three Minutes to Doomsday, and The Dictionary of Body Language.

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Why Good Manners are Important

Alright, let’s break it down! Imagine you’re playing a game with your friends. Everyone follows the rules and takes turns nicely. It’s fun, right?

Well, good manners are like the rules of the game of life. They help us all get along smoothly and make everyone feel happy and respected.

When we use good manners, like saying “please” and “thank you,” or waiting our turn to speak, it shows that we care about others’ feelings.

Just like how you feel good when someone is kind to you, others feel good when we treat them nicely too.

Also, good manners can open doors for us! People are more likely to want to be around someone who’s polite and respectful. It can help us make friends, do well in school, and even land cool opportunities in the future.

So, think of good manners as the secret ingredient to making life awesome for you and everyone around you. Plus, it feels pretty great to know you’re making the world a better place, right?

Message for Parents

Parents play a crucial role in teaching and reinforcing good manners in their children. Here are some tips for parents to help instill good manners in their kids:

  1. Be a Role Model: Children learn by example, so parents should strive to model good manners in their own behavior. Use polite language, show gratitude, and demonstrate respect in your interactions with others.

  2. Consistent Reinforcement: Consistency is key in teaching manners. Reinforce polite behaviors consistently by praising and acknowledging your child’s efforts when they use manners appropriately.

  3. Teach Empathy: Help your child understand how their words and actions affect others. Encourage empathy by discussing feelings and perspectives, and highlight the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.

  4. Practice at Home: Create opportunities for your child to practice good manners at home. For example, encourage them to say “please” and “thank you” during meal times, when asking for something, or when interacting with family members.

  5. Set Clear Expectations: Establish clear expectations for behavior and manners in different situations. Discuss what is considered polite behavior and why it’s important to show respect to others.

  6. Use Positive Reinforcement: Instead of focusing on negative behavior, focus on positive reinforcement. Praise your child when they demonstrate good manners and offer specific feedback to reinforce their efforts.

  7. Role-Playing: Engage in role-playing scenarios to help your child practice polite behaviors in different situations. This can help them feel more comfortable using manners in real-life situations.

  8. Provide Gentle Reminders: Children may forget to use manners from time to time, so provide gentle reminders when needed. Encourage them to pause and think about how their words and actions impact others.

  9. Encourage Thank You Notes: Teach your child the importance of expressing gratitude by writing thank you notes for gifts, acts of kindness, or special gestures. This helps reinforce the value of appreciation and thoughtfulness.

  10. Be Patient and Supportive: Learning good manners takes time, so be patient and supportive as your child develops these skills. Offer encouragement for their progress along the way.

By incorporating these strategies into their parenting approach, parents can help cultivate a culture of respect, kindness, and good manners in their children.

Remind the Students

Remind the Students to use manners in various situations even if there are no adults around to hear it.

Provide some examples of situations when they are interacting with teachers or staff at school or in a store and even their peers.

Also, when they see someone who may need some moving something, or picking up stuff. Offer to help them.

Clean Up After Yourself

Teaching children to clean up after themselves is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Responsibility: Cleaning up after oneself teaches children to take responsibility for their actions and their environment. It helps them understand that they play a role in maintaining order and cleanliness in their surroundings.
  2. Respect: Cleaning up after oneself shows respect for shared spaces and the people who use them. It demonstrates consideration for others and helps children understand the impact of their actions on those around them.
  3. Independence: Learning to clean up after oneself fosters independence and self-sufficiency. Children gain confidence in their ability to manage their own belongings and take care of their environment without relying on others to do it for them.
  4. Organization: Cleaning up teaches children organizational skills and helps them develop habits of tidiness. They learn to categorize items, put them back in their proper places, and maintain a sense of orderliness in their surroundings.
  5. Health and Safety: Keeping spaces clean and tidy contributes to a healthier and safer environment. It reduces the risk of accidents, prevents the spread of germs and bacteria, and promotes overall well-being.
  6. Life Skills: Cleaning up after oneself is a valuable life skill that children will carry into adulthood. It prepares them for responsibilities they’ll encounter in school, at home, and in the workplace.

Overall, teaching children to clean up after themselves instills important values and habits that contribute to their personal development and the well-being of their communities.

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Express Gratitude

Teaching a child to express gratitude is incredibly important for several reasons:

  1. Fostering Positive Relationships: Gratitude helps children build and maintain positive relationships with others. When they express thanks, it strengthens bonds with family, friends, teachers, and others in their community.

  2. Promoting Empathy: Gratitude encourages children to consider the feelings and actions of others. By acknowledging kindness and generosity, children learn to empathize with others and recognize the impact of their words and actions.

  3. Developing Positive Outlook: Expressing gratitude cultivates a positive outlook on life. It encourages children to focus on the good things they have rather than dwelling on what they lack, fostering resilience and optimism.

  4. Enhancing Emotional Well-being: Gratitude has been linked to increased happiness and emotional well-being. When children express thanks, it boosts their mood and overall satisfaction with life.

  5. Building Character: Gratitude is a key component of character development. It teaches children virtues such as humility, appreciation, and humility, which are essential for personal growth and success.

  6. Encouraging Generosity: When children experience and express gratitude, they are more likely to pay it forward and act generously toward others. This creates a cycle of kindness and generosity within their communities.

  7. Improving Social Skills: Gratitude enhances children’s social skills by teaching them how to communicate appreciation and acknowledge the efforts of others. It helps them navigate social interactions with kindness and consideration.

Overall, teaching children to express gratitude is essential for their emotional, social, and moral development. It instills values of appreciation, kindness, and empathy that will benefit them throughout their lives.

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"Please" and "Thank You"

Alright, let’s dive into why “please” and “thank you” are like magic words in our daily language!

Think of “please” as a magic wand that makes requests sound friendly and respectful.

When you say “please,” you’re showing that you’re asking for something nicely, not demanding it. It makes the person you’re talking to feel good and more willing to help you out.

And then there’s “thank you,” the ultimate magic word of gratitude!

When you say “thank you,” you’re showing appreciation for what someone has done for you. It’s like giving them a little gift of kindness in return for their help or kindness.

Now, here’s the cool part: when you use these magic words, you’re not just making others feel good, you’re also making yourself look good!

People like being around someone who’s polite and grateful. It makes them want to help you more and makes you stand out as someone awesome to be around.

So, by sprinkling “please” and “thank you” into your daily language, you’re not only making others happy, but you’re also building a reputation as a kind and respectful person. It’s a win-win for everyone!

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"Would You Mind," and "May I"

Let’s talk about the superpowers of using polite keywords like  “would you mind,” and “may I” in our everyday interactions.

First up, when you use these words, it’s like you’re spreading kindness glitter everywhere you go! People love it when you’re polite because it shows that you respect them and their feelings. It makes them feel valued and appreciated.

Secondly, using these polite keywords opens up doors of opportunity. When you ask nicely with “please” or “may I,” it shows that you’re responsible and considerate. Others are more likely to say yes to your requests because they can see that you’re respectful and deserving.

And let’s not forget about “thank you”! When you say thank you, you’re not just being polite, you’re also spreading sunshine. It makes the person you’re thanking feel warm and fuzzy inside, and it strengthens your bond with them.

Plus, using these polite keywords sets you apart as a superstar in any situation. Whether you’re asking a friend for a favor, talking to a teacher, or even just ordering food at a restaurant, using polite language shows that you’re confident and mature.

So, let’s make using polite keywords a habit! Not only will it make the world a nicer place, but it’ll also make you shine like a polite superstar in everything you do.

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"May I?" and "Can I?"

Let’s talk about the difference between “may I” and “can I.”

“May I” and “Can I” are both ways to ask for permission, but they have slightly different meanings and tones.

“May I” is considered more formal and polite. When you use “may I,” you’re asking for permission respectfully, acknowledging the authority or permission of the person you’re asking.

It’s like saying, “Is it permissible for me to do this?” For example, “May I please borrow your pencil?”

“Can I,” on the other hand, is a bit less formal and more casual. When you use “can I,” you’re asking if you are physically able to do something.

It’s like saying, “Am I capable of doing this?” For example, “Can I go to the restroom?” Of course, you can go to the bathroom! It’s a dumb question! “May I go to the restroom?” is the correct way to ask for permission.’

Using “may I” is often seen as more polite, especially in formal situations or when talking to adults or authority figures.

Control Your Volume
  1. Use Inside Voices: You’ve probably heard adults talk about using inside voices, right? That means speaking at a level that’s comfortable for the people around you, without needing to raise your voice.

  2. Practice Self-Control: Sometimes we get excited or carried away, and our volume goes up without us even realizing it. Take a moment to pause and think about how loud you’re being, and try to adjust if needed.

  3. Respect Others’ Space: Just like you wouldn’t want someone shouting in your ear, be considerate of others’ personal space and use a volume that’s respectful of their comfort.

Remember, monitoring your volume is all about being considerate and respectful of others. By keeping your volume in check, you’re helping create a peaceful and enjoyable environment for everyone around you.

How to Interrupt Respectfully

Interrupting respectfully is an important skill to learn because it shows that we value other people’s time and thoughts. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Wait for the Right Moment: If someone is talking or busy, it’s polite to wait for a pause or a break in the conversation before you speak up. This shows that you respect their turn to talk.

  2. Use Polite Phrases: When you need to interrupt, start by saying something like, “Excuse me,” or “Pardon me.” This lets the person know that you want to say something without being rude.

  3. Be Brief and Clear: Keep your interruption short and to the point. State what you need or want to say in a concise manner, so you’re not taking up too much time.

  4. Show Empathy: If you’re interrupting because of an urgent matter or if you need help, show empathy by acknowledging the other person’s current task or conversation. You can say something like, “I’m sorry to interrupt, but I really need your help with something important.”

  5. Apologize if Necessary: Sometimes, interrupting is unavoidable, but it’s important to recognize if you’ve disrupted someone unintentionally. If you realize you’ve interrupted at an inappropriate time, apologize politely and wait for a better moment to speak.

  6. Listen and Wait Your Turn: After you’ve made your point or asked your question, listen to the other person’s response. Show respect by giving them your full attention and waiting for them to finish speaking before you continue the conversation.

Remember, interrupting should be done sparingly and only when necessary. By interrupting respectfully, you can communicate your needs or thoughts while still showing consideration for others.

Introductions and Farewells

Coach children on specific phrases for introductions and farewells, empowering them to navigate social interactions with confidence.

Introductions and farewells are key parts of social interactions. Let’s break down some specific phrases for each:


  1. “Hello, my name is [Your Name].” This is a classic and simple way to introduce yourself. It’s polite and straightforward.

  2. “Hi, I’m [Your Name]. Nice to meet you!” This adds a friendly touch by expressing pleasure in meeting the other person.

  3. “Good [morning/afternoon/evening], I’m [Your Name].” This is a more formal introduction, suitable for occasions like meeting someone for the first time or in professional settings.

  4. “Hey there, I’m [Your Name]. What’s your name?” This is a casual way to introduce yourself, inviting the other person to respond and start a conversation.


  1. “Goodbye, it was nice meeting you!” This is a polite and friendly way to say goodbye after meeting someone for the first time.

  2. “Nice talking to you, see you later!” Use this when you’ve had a conversation with someone and you’re saying goodbye for now.

  3. “It was great seeing you, take care!” This is a warm and caring farewell, perfect for when you’re saying goodbye to friends or acquaintances.

  4. “Bye for now, have a good day!” This is a casual and friendly way to say goodbye, suitable for various situations.

Encourage children to practice these phrases in different social settings, whether it’s meeting new friends, greeting teachers, or saying goodbye to family members. Learning these phrases will help them navigate social interactions with confidence and politeness.

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