While you are reviewing the subjects that you have taught your child this year—mathematics, language arts, history, science, Bible—have you included courtesy? It’s time to add courtesy to our list of subjects to teach our children.
“Christian courtesy is the golden clasp which unites the members of the family in bonds of love, becoming closer and stronger every day.” “These thoughtful courtesies that, commencing in our families, extend outside the family circle help make up the sum of life’s happiness; and the neglect of these little things makes up the sum of life’s bitterness and sorrow.” (Adventist Home, 423 & 428)
Here are some interesting resources for teaching manners.
- Pathfinder Honor: Christian Grooming and Manners
- Adventurer Honor: Courtesy
- An etiquette curriculum written for schools: The Etiquette Factory
- A manners curriculum written for homeschool: Home Made Manners
- A couple of books just for boys: The Christian Gentleman’s Series
- A book and DVD used by Girls Scouts and homeschoolers, alike: Polite Kids 101
- Emily Post’s etiquette book for kids: The Guide to Good Manners for Kids
- Janice’s Attic DVD’s—one is specifically on courtesy, but nearly all teach courtesy.
Of course, the most effective way to teach our children manners and courtesy is by being courteous and well mannered ourselves. “Gentle manners, cheerful conversation, and loving acts will bind the hearts of children to their parents by the silken cords of affection and will do more to make home attractive than the rarest ornaments that can be bought for gold.” (Adventist Home, 426)
”Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another;” Romans 12:10