The Essential Manners and etiquettes are the seeds that have to be planted when the child is young and nurtured with love and care. The manners and etiquettes the child learns at an early age are carried forward to adulthood and stays with him/her in every stage of life. Good manners cost us nothing, but may win almost everything. They are the skills of making people feel easy and comfortable.
Let’s read a short story that emphasizes magic words.
Long time ago a little boy was walking through a park. In the middle of the park there was a tree with a sign on it. The sign said `I am a magic tree. Say the magic words and you will see.’
The boy tried to guess the magic words. He tried `Abracadabra’, `Mumbo Jumbo’, `Tan-ta-ra’ and many more…… but none of them worked.
Exhausted, he threw himself on the floor, saying: `Please, dear tree!’ and suddenly, a big door opened in the trunk. Inside everything was dark, except for a sign which said, `Carry on with your magic.’ Then the boy said `Thank you, dear tree!’ With this, the inside of the tree lit up brightly and revealed a pathway leading to a big pile of toys and chocolate.
The little boy brought all his friends to the magic tree, and they had the best party ever. This is why it is said that `Please’ and `Thank you’ are magic words.
Think: How would you feel if someone..
- Never says `Please’ or `Thank you’ when you help them?
- Shares your things but never shares anything of theirs?
- Bully you though you are a good friend of them?
Go ahead and see how you can enhance your personality by following some basic rules of manners and etiquettes.
- Say `Please’ – every time you want someone to do something for you.
- Say `Thank you’ – every time someone does something for you.
- Say `Excuse Me’ to gain attention
- Always greet people you meet
- Never use foul language
- Do not bully or gang up against someone.
- Do not make noise while eating
One learns Good, Essential Manners and Etiquettes right from early childhood and it gets strengthened over years to form habits. Be courteous to others and use `Please’, `Sorry’, `Thank you’, `Excuse me’ whenever required. If we want to get attention and respect from others we should have Good Manners and Etiquettes. Children should be taught the basic manners in their own Schools either in the CBSE School or in some other boards of education, it does not matter. Learning the good habits and developing it to the next level and practicing it as a habit matters a lot.
Think how much more pleasant is life when people show that they respect the comfort, feelings and wellbeing of others!