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Old 06-26-2006, 07:15 AM   #1
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6-year old manners

When are children expected to show better manners in social situations - namely in talking with adults? My older son is almost 6 1/2, and he still hangs his head and mutters when he's introduced to an adult. My wife and I have stressed many times that he should look at the adult's face and smile and say hi, but it doesn't seem to be getting through. My parents tell me that 6 is too young to expect much, but I'm embarrassed when we meet adults and he acts this way.

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Old 06-26-2006, 08:58 AM   #2
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Re: 6-year old manners

I don't know what the experts say. Maybe there are some good books out there. But I will tell you my personal story.

I remember clearly being six years old, being on vacation in Hawaii and doing something at breakfast time (the way I was eating) to send my mother into a fit. She spent the next two hours sitting with me in the restaurant teaching me all the rules of etiquette from eating to how to address people, etc. I know it sounds a bit crazy. And for those two hours I was MISERABLE. BUT...I remembered all of it and then became very proud of myself that I did have such good manners. How many 6 year olds know the rules of buttering bread, sipping soup and addressing their elders? I don't know if her methods were the best. But I will say that a six year old is very capable of learning, retaining and using their manners.
"Go slowly, breathe and smile" Thich Nhat Hanh

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