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It’s a great feeling when you go to pick up your child from a friend’s house and the other mom says, “He can come back anytime!” Good manners for kids can be hard to teach and we hold out breath waiting to see if what we’ve been working on is sinking in. Knowing your child has shown good manners and been easy to handle feels like a huge pat on the back.

Good manners can be modeled, but our kids also need to be actively taught. Using good manners isn’t a stuffy, elitist practice–it’s the way we say to those around us that we respect them and care about their comfort and feelings. Here are some basics that every child should know…

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