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Teaching Kids Manners

Parents Who Don't Teach Their Kids Manners Drive Me Crazy

Jen M.L. | Posted 08.21.2014 | Parents
Jen M.L.

I can't blame the kids. Kids are naturally animalistic, narcissistic megalomaniacs. It's the parents who must mold them and break them down into responsible, polite, contributing members of society.

What Little Helpers Turn Into: Why It's Good For Kids To Lend A Hand At Any Age

Laura Usky | Posted 07.21.2014 | Parents
Laura Usky

Co-pilot, sous chef, mini-stylist -- whatever it may be, have your kids help with everything as much as possible. No matter how little the task, they love to be a part

Helping Your Child Through Hellos and Goodbyes

Rachel Cedar | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

Your job is to help your child through the interaction and build his sense of confidence and connection. Once everyone sees how well your child does after being supported by you, they will understand why you needed time and space to help ease your child into the new situation.

Eat, Drink, Shush!

Kim Lute | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Kim Lute

Though I'm not for expelling children from decidedly mature European playgrounds, I am in favor of kid-free dining. What is one family's easily ignorable background chatter (ie: kids being kids) is another's theater of the absurd.

Uncommon Courtesy

Mike Julianelle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mike Julianelle

Because despite how obnoxious and out of control and rude and selfish my toddler often is, he's often more polite than most adults I encounter, including Yours Truly. At least my toddler has an excuse for those times that he behaves badly: He's a toddler. What's ours?

Sorry, You Aren't Invited: A Practical Guide to Children's Birthday Party Guest Lists

Emma Jenner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Being on all three sides of a guest list -- inviter, invited and uninvited -- can help children not only become more resilient, but also more conscientious and empathetic. It's up to parents to use parties as opportunities for chats about friendship, kindness, and etiquette.

8 Ways To Stop Your Preschooler From Name-Calling

The Huffington Post | Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.25.2012 | Parents

Dear Susan, When my 3-year-old is angry or frustrated with me, which is pretty often these days, she calls me names like "stupid poo-poo head." I h...

Don't Stop Your Child From Being Friendly

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 10.06.2012 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's really important to teach kids to be safe -- to make sure that they never go anywhere with anyone without telling you, for example. But please, please, don't squelch their friendliness.

6 Old-School Habits That Will Make Your Kid a Success

LearnVest | Posted 09.12.2012 | Parents

Ask any parent out there, and he or she will say the same thing: Of course I want to raise my kids to be polite and well-mannered. But what specific h...

The Trouble with Mr. and Mrs.

Nina Badzin | Posted 07.15.2012 | Parents
Nina Badzin

Does it bother you when kids call you Mr. or Mrs.? If so, why? On the flip side, if you're teaching your children to say Mr. and Mrs., how do you handle it when adults tell your children otherwise?

Out Of The Mouths Of Babes: 'Where's My F****ing Baba?'

The Huffington Post | Lisa Belkin | Posted 01.31.2012 | Parents

Julie Merberg has a very short problem. It's only four letters, which is the length of the words spilling out of the mouth of her angel-faced three-ye...

When Kids Won't Say Their Please And Thank You's

Posted 12.30.2011 | Parents

Dear Susan, My kids are ten and seven and have terrible manners. I've tried telling them how to behave when we have guests for dinner or friends fo...