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November 27, 2013

Helping children behave at Grandma’s

As families gather for Thanksgiving and other holidays, many parents worry whether their children will behave. With one ear tuned to the conversation with relatives and the other for misbehavior, parents have a hard time relaxing. A few tips can free both parents and children to enjoy the day.

Remind children of rules on the way to the event. Focus on those guidelines that help children show honor to all attending. Manners such as saying “please” and “thank you,” giving chairs to the oldest people in the room, and stepping aside to let others pass with food will apply to most events.

Remind your children to use their manners, because even those who routinely use manners can get flustered and shy when confronted with a room of people they don’t know. A simple reminder before they arrive helps.

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