Social Etiquette – Interacting With Others

Encouraging Positive Interaction With Others Children all progress very differently to each other, regardless of age or gender. They have their individual characters and temperaments that determine their behaviour toward others in different social settings. It is important to teach  your children that no matter which social setting they find themselves in, they must behave well. Taking into account, of course, that each phase of growth and development in a child’s life brings change; some of which can be confusing, upsetting or tiring, we can help our children by setting realistic expectations.  Here are some tips to help in your crusade to bring out the very best behaviour in your children: Start early and be consistent. Many experts agree that setting reasonable expectations for your children from as early of an age as two will make the process easier on both parent and child. Young children naturally have a desire to please their parents and if you start early in setting an example and keeping your expectations consistent you will find that your child will internalise your expectations and will expect the same for themselves; effectively disciplining themselves. So, start young and be consistent. If you want to raise a child who knows how to sit at a dinner table and eat his/her meal without getting up, running around, being loud, etc., than from an early age you must consistently expect your child to sit at the table until he/she is excused.  If they get up, you put them back. If they raise their voice you stay consistent in expecting them to use their “inside” voices. Practise makes perfect....