Saturday Morning Manners Review

There is something very comforting to children about knowing how to respond appropriately in different social situations. Occasionally they see other children respond in ways that do not feel “right,” yet are often unable to pinpoint exactly what it is about certain responses that make them feel uncomfortable and are unsure of how to react themselves. It is for this reason that I am a huge fan of explicitly teaching children a variety of social and emotional skills. One very important area of a child’s social development is manners.

We, as parents, are lucky that there are some really fun and playful ways to explore manners with children. One of our favorite games has been the Good Manners Flash Cards by eeBoo. Each card presents a different social situation on one side and offers a polite way to respond on the other. When the girls were younger, we would read them together and discuss the possible outcomes. And just the other morning, we discovered that the girls were engaged in their own game and having a lively discussion on the various strategies for dealing with the circumstances presented… It was quite a delight to quietly listen in as they took the lead!

More Fun With Manners…
Teaching Good Manners by Odeedoh
How to Host a Manners Party
Manners for Kids (and Parents) by FamilyEducation


With over 10 years of EDU experience and a growing family, Mariah started Playful Learning in 2008 as a resource for parents and teachers. In 2010 Playful Learning received the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, and in August of 2011, Shambhala Publications released her first book, Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder. Mariah has an M.S. Ed in Elementary Education and was that girl sitting in the back of class thinking about what she would do differently if she was the teacher. Now she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.


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