One of the more common statements one hears today is: “So many of our children have such poor manners”. It seems regardless the generation, good manners makes a person stand out from everyone in a crowd. No matter where one goes in the world exhibiting manners wins the approval, praise and standing of observers.
Notwithstanding of age, there is nothing more appealing as good manners in social situations. This is especially true when a child nears their teenage (adolescent) years. At this age, being liked and accepted by members of the opposite gender is just as important and, at times, more important than coming from one’s own gender. Good manners, in spite of changes in and less emphasis on them in many Western societies, it is nonetheless refreshing to observe.
The heart of good manners is an expression of a person’s inner desire to “do to others as one would have others to do towards them. Manners actually helps a child appreciate what may do on their behalf. By their graciousness generally make other want to do thing for them.
Children do not inherit good manners. A child must learn them as he/she learns to speak, write and perform other tasks. And, like the rest of what a child learns, he/she cannot learn good manners in a day or two. They must come gradually and taught as situations arises. A child must also have a desire to do the things that respect the rights and privileges of others in an appreciative manner.
In order for a child to learn good manners, he/she must be in an environment where good manners are practiced. If a child is in a living situation where cussing, cursing and swearing are common, this will be reflected in the child. A child will imitate what he/she hears and sees in the adults’ circle they live and interact around. The child who hears “please”, “thank you” on a consistent basis will more than likely reflect what he/she hears and views.
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