“Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others.“– Sidonie Gruenberg
Today’s Mannerly Monday concerns treating others in our home with courtesy and kindness. We talked earlier about manners in communication, ideas that we should certainly incorporate as we interact with our family.
Here are a few guidelines to help our children learn how to function properly in a family unit.
- If someone is resting or sleeping, be considerate by moving around the house softly and quietly.
- Always knock and receive approval to enter before opening someone’s closed door.
- Get permission before using or borrowing any item from a family member.
- If you see tasks around the house that need to be done, do them without having to be asked. This would include making sure that things are returned to their proper place after you use them and cleaning up any messes you make.
- If you have wronged a person in the family, be willing to admit your mistake, apologize and do whatever is needed to make it right. Do not allow grudges to grow between you and a parent or sibling.
- Learn to answer the phone politely. Take a message if needed and be sure to pass it along to the correct person.
- Never repeat stories of events that happen in the home that would be embarrassing to a family member. Be protective of your siblings.
Above all, be thoughtful and considerate toward those in your family. We are often more gracious to friends, neighbors and acquaintances than we are to those we love and treasure the most.
Do you have other family rules in your home?
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