If you have seen your child come home with a gold sticker from General Manners that means they have used their manners without being reminded. Manners encourage children to show gratitude rather than entitlement. Gratitude has been shown to increase dopamine in the brain, which is a hormone that decreases depression and increases optimism.
It would be great if you could reinforce manners at home by encouraging children to
- Saying please and thank you EVERY time you ask for something
- Looking someone in the eye when you meet them and saying hello
- Saying sorry any time you cause harm to someone else, even if it is an accident