FIrst 5 LA Five Minutes: Five minutes to better manners…
Have five minutes? Help your child learn and grow in just five minutes or less, with First 5 LA’s Five Minute parenting ideas!
1. Make a habit of saying “please,” “thank you,” and “you’re welcome” to your child from birth, so that using polite words is familiar and natural.
2. Model polite behavior, such as holding doors and sharing with others. Your child learns to imitate what he or she sees you do.
3. Write thank-you notes with your child, discussing what you will say, and why. Help your child take part: even a toddler can illustrate a card with crayons.
4. Notice and praise your child’s polite behavior: “I was really proud of how you let your little brother go ahead of you.”
5. Create a “Good Deeds” jar. The opposite of a “Swear jar,” create a jar to fill with coins when you or your child does something extra-polite. Use the coins for a treat for the family!
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