|Written by Betty Asphy|
Saying thank you can change the entire tone of a conversation.
How to teach toddlers to be polite. How to show toddlers that life is not all about taking, but giving. This is to show toddlers that words are very important. It is to give toddlers an example to follow. I have seen this work. Also, this is to to let toddlers know that politeness will go along way, because we communicate and get what we want with words. Just face it, it is much easier to work with someone that is polite rather than someone that is rude.
You need to be persistent and patient. You need to answer any questions your toddler may ask, such as â€śWhy?â€ť
1. How many times have you been at a store and witnessed a toddler being loud and obnoxious. You need to start early as soon as they are able to talk. Toddlers may start talking and saying sentences as early as 12 months. Because toddlers minds are like sponges that absorb everything, they really want to learn and are more than eager to please.
2. Some of the basic politeness words are thank you, Please, excuse me, May I?, and will you? These are words that you can incorporate in your everyday activities.
3. For example: When asking your toddler to do something you might say, Johnny will you sit your flash cards on the table for me please.â€ť Also, when your toddler asks you for something if he is demanding such as â€śgive me some water?â€ť You just restate it and say, â€śGive me some water please?â€ť or you might say, â€śMay I have some water please?â€ť
When your toddler hands you a toy or even a ball, tell him/ her thank you. Also, do not forget praise. Praise him/her by saying I really appreciate that, you are a big help to me. Toddlers love to mimic, so they will eventually mimic this behavior and it will become a lifestyle for him/her.