Manners in Action

CONTEXT ARTICLE

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ood manners of course differ from one culture to another. Some manners might even be considered old fashioned and outdated. Whilst each culture and society might have its own social norms, it is universally accepted that being well mannered fundamentally boils down to showing courtesy and consideration for other people.

Displaying good manners will always be favourably received and will usually lead to one being respected and acknowledged for displaying them. Striving to be well mannered assists others in forming positive opinions about a person. Alternatively,  not having them will definitely result in others forming negative opinions.

Manners are not hard work. Once they are adopted as normal behaviour, they become second nature and require no special effort. If this can be achieved, and they form a core and permanent trait in a person’s character, then they are a social skill that will always serve them well.

Having good manners and putting them into action will assist children in being socially successful within their own peer groups, amongst adults and within their community as a whole.

It will also help to equip them with attitudes and behaviour which will assist them in becoming confident and resilient adults in the future.

CORE MESSAGES

• Others will appreciate your good manners and will think highly of you.

• If you show you have good manners, often others will copy you.

• Waiting your turn is a sign of good manners.

• You should be proud of your good manners.

QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• Why is it important to have good manners?

• Can you name some ways to show you have good manners?

• How have other people shown good manners?

OUR MANTRA

“Being polite from up close and afar,

make you a manners SUPERSTAR!”

DOWNLOADS

MAGIC MANNERS WAND

Download and print the wand sheet. Color it in in your own way. Cut it our and stick to a short rod or plastic ruler. Now you have a Magic Manners Wand to use when people are rude!

A4 HOME WALL POSTER

Print these posters as part of a set.

Collect one for each Topic.

CERTIFICATE

For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete. Try to collect them all!