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Teach your child etiquette

By Vision Reporter

Added 6th May 2007 03:00 AM

I recently went with a friend to her home, but the behaviour I observed in her family intrigued me.

I recently went with a friend to her home, but the behaviour I observed in her family intrigued me.

By Agnes Kyotalengerire

I recently went with a friend to her home, but the behaviour I observed in her family intrigued me.

We walked into the living room carrying heavy bags. But to my dismay, the children all remained seated watching television, not even standing up to relieve us of the load.

This is when I realised that parents have a lot of work to do as far as imparting etiquette into the children is concerned.

The educational curriculum has greatly changed and teachers are looking more at the grades than the hidden curriculum like etiquette. Therefore, parents should teach their children: How to welcome and greet visitors.

TEACH them self-denial. In case a visitor finds children occupying all the seats, tell them that it is courteous to leave the seats for visitors or old people.

TRAIN children that it is important to welcome back parents and relieve them of the load they are carrying.

TEACH them to be polite. Teach them to say “please”, “sorry” and “thank you” whenever necessary.

TEACH them table manners like not to leave the table before the rest have finished eating.

TEACH them that they should leave the toilet clean after use and wash their hands.

TEACH them to be good listeners, especially when elders are talking. They should not talk when elders are talking because it is a sign of disrespect.

TEACH the children to wish the elders a good night and to greet them in the morning.

TEACH the children, especially the girls, to sit properly and not spread their legs.

TEACH the children to pray before going to bed and upon waking up in the morning. It is every parent’s responsibility to raise God-fearing children.

The writer is a teacher at Lakeside College, Luzira
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agneskyo@yahoo.co.uk

Teach your child etiquette

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