Playtime manners are so important as every mom knows. “Manners, please”, she would tell us as that gentle reminder that we were not acting our best and it was just enough to nudge our conscience and do what we knew that we needed to do.
Playtime Manners And Manners Out In Town
Manners are very important in play as they are at a museum, in church our favorite restaurant, or grandma’s house. We must then instruct our little ones on how to behave so that they never feel lost in a circumstance and don’t know how to act. It is not a stuffy and antiquated notion, but something we do because we love our children and want them to feel comfortable in many situations.
How horrible it is to be pushed into a situation you are unprepared for. To be blindsided by expectations we have thrust on us without being prepared. The home is the perfect spot for this to happen by the gentle instructions of a loving parent.
Grandma Cottage when she was a young mom was preparing to take her five small children across the country by train to visit their grandma. Alone. Grandma had grit and guts. She knew her little children were facing a situation they had never experienced and she also knew that it was her job to teach them what to expect. Every day for a week they practiced. Grandma would pull out the kitchen chairs into the living room like a choo choo train and every day they would practice. They would eat lunch on a tray and they would practice not yelling and sitting to color or look at a book, or play quietly with a toy. At first, it was an effort, but day by day they got better and better until the big day at the train station. They held hands at the station and sat quietly waiting to board their train. When it was time they held hands and filed onto the train, waiting for grandma to help them up the steep steps and they waited patiently at the top for their siblings and mom. They did so well on the trip and grandma was so proud of them!
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~PlayTime Manners~ Don’t be Selfish!
For instance, we should not be selfish but share what we bring to playtime with others if we bring snacks bring enough to share with our friends.
Playtime Manners -Take Turns
Playtime Manners – Be Kind
Playtime Manners – Not Just My Way
- RSVP Cottage Charm Part 1
- Please And Thank You
- Cottage Charm Part 3 Excuse Me
- How To Introduce Yourself Cottage Charm Part 5
- Cottage Charm Part 6 Play Time Manners
- Cottage Charm Part 7 Taking A Compliment
- Cottage Charm Part 8 Table Manners
- Cottage Charm Part 9 Treat Others Homes As You Want Yours Treated