We don’t always group the words “etiquette” and “teens” or “children” together. However, it’s never too early to start developing social, professional, and habitual etiquette in children and teens. The earlier it’s introduced to them, the more likely they make it second nature by the time they reach adulthood. It will save them a lot of time and frustration learning how to integrate into society.
A solid foundation in proper etiquette is key while developing strong social skills as a child, a teenager, and an adult. Parents should encourage teens to understand the importance of appropriate behavior, as it contributes to his or her success. Teens need guidance about basic etiquette, as well as how to treat others with respect.
Basic etiquette includes:
- Table Manners
- Phone Etiquette
- Greeting Others
- Thanking People for Gifts
- Computer Etiquette
Even at a young age, children understand simple table manners (i.e. – placing a napkin in his lap, talking politely and eating neatly). As they grow into adolescence, children should practice cellphone etiquette (i.e. – setting a cellphone to vibrate when in public or with others and conducting both texting and voice conversations in private). Encompassing a solid foundation in etiquette, teens feel strong and confident, even in unfamiliar situations. When a teen has strong social skills and understands how to treat others respectfully and politely, he or she can navigate anything.