Question by  mommy5 (144)

What are some key rules of etiquette everyone should know?

I am trying to teach my children proper etiquette and need a list of what they should learn.


Answer by  Doris59 (1647)

An important start to learning manners is saying hello and shaking hands when meeting someone for the first time. Learning to eat properly and use the correct utensils when young sets the tone for later in life, table manners are very important as the world revolves around food.


Answer by  Anonymous

Don't bother yourself with and SUPER formal rules (unless you're attending a State dinner or Cotillion soon). The basic please/thanks are great, letting elders go first, etc. As they get older, it's better to help them understand WHY manners matter, that way they're armed to expand/use what you've taught them.


Answer by  324hjt (610)

The most basic rule of etiquette that evryone should know is to be polite. Dinner table etiquette is also a good skill to teach your children. Start with, at minimum, how to use the cutlery (moving from the outside in) and how to say "please" and "thank-you".


Answer by  CarolynOsborne (2804)

Etiquette's purpose is to demonstrate understanding of another person's perspective. We thank people in recognition of their effort and time. We say please for the same reason. Teach your children to acknowledge other people's thoughts and efforts in all ways possible and understand the nature of burdens laid upon others.


Answer by  wantnot (305)

Letting another person go first is a good general rule. Let another child go through the door first, or offer a cookie to the other child first. etc.

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