Saturday, March 17, 2018

Manners for Young Children

On Politeness of Young Children – “Give a boy address and accomplishments, and you give him the mastery of palaces and fortunes wherever he goes.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children should be taught that it is rude...

  • To yawn without trying to suppress it, or without concealing the mouth with the hand 
  • To whistle or hum in the presence of older persons
  • To make any monotonous noise with feet or hands, beating time, etc... 
  • To play with napkin rings, or any article at table during meal time 
  • To pick the teeth with the fingers
  • To trim or clean one’s nails outside one’s room 
  • To lounge anywhere in the presence of company
  • To place the elbows on the table, or to lean upon it while eating
  • To speak of absent persons by their first names, when they would not so address them if they were present
  • To acquire the habit of saying “you know,” “says he,” “says she” 
  • To use slang words
  • To tattle
  • To hide the mouth with the hand when speaking 
  • To point at anyone or anything with the finger
  • To stare at persons
  • To laugh at one’s own stories or remarks
  • To toss articles instead of handing them
  • To leave the table with food in the mouth 
  • To take possession of a seat that belongs to another without instantly rising upon his return
  • To leave anyone without saying “good-by” 
  • To interrupt any one in conversation; 
  • To push or shove others
  • To ridicule others
  • To pass, without speaking, any one whom they know
From Practical Etiquette by N.C., circa 1881

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