Basic social skills such as listening, gestures and good manners are important in children’s academic success based on the recent study of Professor Stephen Elliot. His research shows that children who learn the basic of social skills increase the possibility of being cooperative and having self – control resulted to reducing behavioral problems. At the early age, children should be taught courtesy and respect to others to help them become more socially aware of their actions.
Good manners are learned first at home. Some says that the behaviors of the children reflects from the elders at home. From the Proverbs 22:6, Train a child the way he should go: and when he is old, he will never depart from it.
It is true that a home is the most important factors for a child to learn politeness. Home is where the values of a child is being cultured, develop and give more emphasis. Parents served as an example to their children especially those who are young.
Simple phrases such as “thank you”, “please” and “excuse me” can be taught to the young children and eventually will be their habit. At this point, they will learn basic conduct needed as they grow older. The strongest influence originates from a home where correct conduct is second nature and not just a put - on for Sunday company.
In school, teachers serve as the best model of values and good manners. Pupils be likely to adapt teacher’s behavior and values because they are keen spectator of their teacher. So as teacher, we must always be cautious in showing our behavior to pupils because they may think that it is the proper action and can be done to everyone.
As a parent, you are the first teacher of your children. Make sure to lead by example. Living with the morals that you are inculcating to the young and perhaps, those values will be their guiding principle as they reach maturity wherein they know that they should also be the role model for those younger than them.