Over 100 years ago, Maria Montessori began teaching manners to children as a part of her classroom curriculum. She called them lessons in Grace and Courtesy.
Grace and Courtesy lessons are the glue that holds any community together. From holding a door for the teacher with her hands full to asking a friend if they need help, children began practicing manners from a young age.
Is it still important to teach children manners, 100 years after these lessons were first developed?
We think so. And so does pediatrician Perri Klass in his article for the New York Times, “Making Room for Miss Manners is a Parenting Basic.” He says:
“For a child, as for an adult, manners represent a strategy for getting along in life, but also a successful intellectual engagement with the business of being human.”
Manners are skills that allow children to get along with one another on the playground, but that also translate to getting along with colleagues in the workplace.
Manners make interacting with other humans enjoyable and rejuvenating.
How do you teach or model manners at home? Try these resources from Guidepost Parent to get started with your own Grace and Courtesy lessons:
- How to Greet Guests
- How to Interrupt
- Why Do Children Shake Hands?
- How to Say No, and Why It’s Important
- How to Have a Play Date
Leave a comment below with your methods for teaching manners!
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Topics: Ages 3-6