The General and His Lady 

Manners for Young People

This is a simple guide that was prepared by Flora for teaching young people proper manners.
While it is not all inclusive, it is a good beginning for our young people.

Helping Children With Manners

Manners at home: 


Good manners is sharing. You share the TV set, the telephone, the bathroom, and maybe a bedroom, a closet, or a desk. You share the work. This means cleaning up after yourself and sharing the responsibility for the safety of everyone in the house.


Table manners:

Wash your hands before sitting down.

Leave toys, books, and pets behind.

When you sit down, place the napkin in your lap.

Sit up straight and don't slouch.

Ask politely for dishes to be passed. Never reach across the table.

Wait until everyone is seated and served before starting to eat. If grace is said, wait to eat until it is completed. Don't giggle during grace.

Keep your elbows off table.

Never chew with your mouth open.

Never talk with a mouth full of food.

Use utensils quietly without banging them on the table or plate. You should place your knife softly on the edge of the plate when not in use.

Never wave or throw utensils.

Keep your knife out of your mouth.

Never play with your food.

Never grab food from other people's plates.

Ask politely for seconds if you want them.

Ask to be excused from the table.

Clear your plate from the table and take it into the kitchen.



Basic Manners for Kids:


  1. Wait your turn and do not interrupt other people when they are speaking.
  2. No name calling. Even if it's in "fun."  Name calling hurts.
  3. Always greet someone when they come over to your house.
  4. Say, "Hello" or "Hi" when someone visits.
  5. Remember to say “Yes or no, ma’am” when speaking to a Lady or “Yes or no sir” when speaking to a man.
  6. Say, "Please" and "Thank you" often. It shows respect and appreciation. In addition, if someone thanks you; then say, "You're welcome".
  7. Clean up after yourself. Whether at home or at a friend's house, always pick up after yourself.
  8. Good sportsmanship. After playing a game (sports, cards, board game, etc.), no matter the outcome, be pleasant.
  9. Open doors for others. When going into or out of buildings, allow elders to go first and open the door for them.


Good manners is about considering the feelings of other people, and being the kind of person that others will like and respect.


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