This post is sponsored by Jimmy Patterson Books. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
One of the most important things I have taught my kids is to be courteous and use their manners. I am always getting complemented on how well behaved my kids are and how nice it is to hear kids with manners these days. Want to know my secret? Find out how to get your child to use their manners.
Lead by Example
If you want your child to use manners, you need to use manners. Kids learn what they live. If they hear you treating others with kindness and respect you will be surprised how quickly they start to do it to! I sometimes get strange looks when I tell m 8 year old “Thank you ma’am”, but those same people complement me when she replies to them with ma’am or sir.
Give your child gentle reminders. If you want them to use manners give them a guide. Remind them how to reply or behave. After a little while they will do it on their own.
Make it a lifestyle. We always use manners in our house. It is not a sometimes thing. So our kids really don’t know any different. To them it is strange when people don’t use manners. It is just how they have been taught to behave.
My kids have been taught from the beginning to use manners, so starting early is key. There is a brand new book out called Give Please a Chance that was written especially for this young crowd. It was written by Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson.
It is a perfect way to reinforce manners with little ones while you are reading to them! The illustrations in this book are beautiful, colorful, and will grab their attention!
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ABOUT GIVE PLEASE A CHANCE
By Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson
Release: November 21st, 2016
In this inspired collaboration, bestselling authors Bill O’Reilly and James Patterson remind us all that a single word—”Please?”—is useful in a thousand different ways. From finding a lovable stray dog to needing a partner on a seesaw, from reading a bedtime story to really, really needing a cookie, Give Please a Chance depicts scenes and situations in which one small word can move mountains. With a vivid array of illustrations by seventeen different artists, this charming, helpful book is a fun and memorable way for children to learn the magic power of one simple word: please.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Bill O’Reilly currently serves as the anchor of FOX News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor, the most watched cable news show for the past 14 years. His books for children include the Last Days biographies, The O’Reilly Factor for Kids, and Kids are Americans Too
James Patterson received the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community at the 2015 National Book Awards. A tireless champion of the power of books and reading, he has created a new children’s book imprint, JIMMY Patterson, whose mission is simple: “We want every kid who finishes a JIMMY Book to say, ‘PLEASE GIVE ME ANOTHER BOOK.’”
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