A smart way to teach good manners

by Sarah Kohrs

When it comes to teaching manners to our young kids, our biggest success has been in encouraging “do-overs” of bad behavior. At first, we had to remind our children what the good-mannered alternative to their impolite action was. “I want water!” Joey might say, and I reminded him how to ask nicely. After establishing the pattern, we use code words such as operation second chance or replay to prompt a do-over. The results have been fantastic! And we encourage our kids to use the code words if Mommy and Daddy aren’t using good manners, either.

This article appeared in the December 2014/January 2015 issue of Thriving Family magazine and was titled “Operation Second Chance.” Copyright © 2014 by Sarah Kohrs. Used by permission. ThrivingFamily.com.