Top Social Manners You Should Teach Your Child

What is an etiquette? It refers to socially acceptable behavior. It means good behavior which distinguishes human from animals.

At a very young age, you should teach your child how to behave well and how to respond correctly especially to elders. This way, you can be proud to let everyone know that you have raised a good person.

Let me share with you the top social manners that every children should know.

 

  1. Say PLEASE when asking.

  2. Say THANK YOU when receiving.

  3. Say EXCUSE ME when you have to pass by or if you need to go out/leave an ongoing conversation esp in class or group conversation.

  4. Look IN THE EYES when talking to someone.

  5. LET others to FINISH before you speak.

  6. Shake hands FIRMLY.

  7. Say po or opo, yes ma’am or yes sir when talking to grown ups.

  8. GREET people with “Hi!”, “Hello!”, or “How are you?”.

  9. Say SORRY when you’ve done something wrong.

  10. OPEN DOORS for others or OFFER help.

 

Teach these things to your children in a nice way and avoid yelling just to let them know what they should do. Why? Yelling silences your message. Speak quietly so children CAN HEAR YOUR WORDS instead of just your voice.

 

Moms Aren’t Perfect at ALL

They say I am a “super”  mom because I have a full time job, a lot of raket (sidelines),  I don’t have a nanny or helper which means I do the laundry and such, and I tutor my kids (esp. my son who’s already a preschooler)…I basically look after the needs of every family member… but I AM NOT a “super” mom.

Why did I say so?

It is because I believe that to be a “super” mom, you should be good in organizing things. And if you’re good at it, everything will follow smoothly.

I wanted to become one. I tried. Several times. However, I failed…several times. I don’t know. As much as I wanted to be as organized as possible, it only happens at the beginning. I mean I can only be organized up to 2 days or at a maximum of one week. Afterwards, everything is a mess again. With mess, I mean from the cabinets of the whole family, rooms, utility bills, etc. are in CHAOS.

My whole life, since I was a baby until college, we have a nanny or a helper at home who does everything for us. EVERYTHING. I’ve been so used to and dependent that someone will keep my things for me, do things for me. And now that I have a family of my own (without a helper), I have a really hard time adjusting.

Earlier, after I finished ironing my son’s school uniforms for the whole week, I decided to prepare his record card  for the payment of his tuition fee for the month of July. And yeah, your guess is right, I am not able to locate where his student’s record card is. I searched for it in all my bags and drawers at home. Perspiration was my mate for an hour as I looked for it.

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Pen Pen de Sarapen

Children nowadays have been VERY hooked with gadgets even at an early age of 2. Why? It is because parents, themselves, give their kids cellphones and tablets to keep them from crying or to make them busy while they are doing their other chores.

 

But what happens? These gadgets steal their childhood.  Most of the children get sick easily or they are weak because they are used to staying at one place with their gadgets.  Not only that, their ability to think and express creativeness becomes stagnant.

 

On the other hand, these electronic devices help them to learn other things that the internet provides.  Yet, everything should be balanced.

 

So what do I suggest?  Plan a schedule of their activities:

  1. With Gadget/s
  2. Without Gadget/s

 

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After plotting their week’s schedule, explain to them your plan and purpose, in a way that they can easily understand.

 

In my case, I introduced them to the games I used to play when I was a kid.  One of those is Pen Pen de Sarapen. What is Pen Pen de Sarapen? It is a popular children’s rhyming chant in the Philippines.  The verses don’t make much sense but the words are fun to say.  Certain parts of the song may get the child excited and giggly.

 

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The song was then converted to a game.  How do we play this?

  1. Lay down your hands on the table.
  2. Assign a moderator who will lead the game.
  3. The moderator will sing the song while pointing at every finger of the participants per syllable.
  4. The last finger pointed at the end of the song should be bent.
  5. Repeat the song until one finger is left. And that is the WINNER!

 

The winner  may then choose what punishment shall be given to each losing participants.  Punishments must be simple but fun for kids.  Examples:

  • Jump 10 times.
  • Sing a song.
  • Spell the name using body parts.
  • Do a crazy dance.

 

If you are not familiar with the rhythm of the song, here it is:

My children enjoyed the game. It was indeed a fun Saturday-morning for us. Teach and play this game with your children, too! Have a happy bonding!

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