How to Raise a Polite Child

Published by Sarah Hughes on

There’s nothing worse than bad manners. They are the most basic form of respect. Remembering to say please and thank you, and apologising when they are wrong are a few ways that children can avoid coming across rude in social situations. Below we share other areas to explore for raising a polite child. 

This post is in collaboration with an international sixth form.

Regular Reminders

Although they may know how to use them, your child may forget so be sure to remind them so that it becomes a habit and something they do without needing to think. 

Emotional Intelligence

Children, to put it quite bluntly, can be rude but that’s not a criticism. It’s because they lack the emotional intelligence to understand that what they’re doing can upset others. So one of the first lessons you may want to work on with your child is empathy. Explore the different emotions that we feel and how they can be triggered. 

Putting Themselves in Others’ Shoes

To continue on the topic of empathy, you should encourage your child to put themselves in others’ shoes and act in ways that they would like to be treated.


Also encourage your child to reflect on their behaviour so that they think about their actions carefully in future. If they are unkind or disrespectful, point it out and explain why the way they behaved was wrong. 

Table Manners

There are various manners for varying social situations, like at the dinner table for example where children must display good table manners. When eating amongst others, they must eat with their mouths closed.

Your Behaviour

Lastly, we have you. A child’s behaviour also goes back to the examples they are set around them. As their parent, you are a huge figure in your child’s life so should strive to set a good example. That means refraining from unkind behaviour and being polite towards those around you.

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