Emily Post, perhaps the queen of all things mannerly, said this: “Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”
I wanted to pause on this Mannerly Monday and evaluate why it is important to teach our children manners. Manners is not about a list of rules. It’s not about how proper our children can be nor how impressed our family and friends will be when they sit through a meal without making a scene. Manners involve thinking about others, treating them as we would wish to be treated, respecting them enough to show self-control in our words and actions.
As we continue on in this series, let’s make sure that our motivation is not to create the most well-mannered child on the block, but to cause our children to be mindful of the situation they’re in and determine how they can most gracefully carry themselves to show consideration of those around them.