During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George, more fondly known around here as Cheeks. I could not get enough of his sassy faces and cardigans and I am so glad that we royal watchers finally got to see him in action.
As little George approaches his first birthday, he will begin making even more royal appearances, just as William and Harry did when they were younger. Not only will he have to be impeccably dressed like his mother and father, he will have to demonstrate manners even at a young age.
While I am not yet a parent yet, many of you readers out there are, or are going to be in the near future. Children can learn etiquette and become royals-in-training, just like Prince George. Here are some easy etiquette rules to teach your little one:
Teach your children kindness basics, such as “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me.” It may seem obvious but emphasizing these phrases in their communication and your own will stick with them throughout their lives.
Phone a Friend
Even though we are in a technology-driven age, children still need to know the basics of how to politely answer the phone. When making a phone call, teach your children to first introduce themselves and then ask to speak with the person they are calling. When they are answering the phone, teach them to not give the caller their own name for matters of privacy, but to always ask if they can take a message. Instruct your children on how you would like them to write messages.
At the Dinner Table
Once your children pass the high-chair age and upgrade to the big kids table, there are a couple of easy table manners they can learn to demonstrate their etiquette. Show them how to take small bites and always chew with their mouths closed. Make sure they learn how to ask for dishes to be passed to them rather than reaching across the table. Keep in mind that kids will be kids and their etiquette will not be perfect the first time out. and no one expects it to be. Teach them etiquette while still letting them have fun and be kids.
The Golden Rule
Above all else, teach your children the importance of the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. This goes for adults, too. Always remember that kindness and manners will get you much farther than rudeness.