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Part Two Off To A Great Start: Habits To Focus On In The Early Years - Decency and Propriety

Updated: Nov 2, 2023


Charlotte Mason Lis of Habits - Decency and Propriety

Hey there, fellow parents! Welcome back to our series on habits to focus on in the early years. Today, we're diving into the importance of teaching our little ones about decency and propriety. As parents, it's our responsibility to instill values of kindness, politeness, and consideration in our children. These qualities not only help them build strong relationships but also contribute to a harmonious and respectful society. In this article, we'll explore practical ways you can cultivate these traits in your young ones, from leading by example to practicing gratitude. So, let's jump right in and create a world where decency and propriety thrive!


As parents, it is crucial to teach our children the values of kindness, politeness, and consideration towards others. These qualities not only help them build healthy relationships but also contribute to creating a harmonious and respectful society. Here are some practical actions you can take to develop these traits in your young children: 1. Lead by example: Children learn best by observing their parents' behaviors. Model kindness, politeness, and consideration in your interactions with others. Show empathy, use polite language, and demonstrate respect towards people from all walks of life. 2. Teach empathy: Help your child understand and recognize the feelings of others. Encourage them to put themselves in someone else's shoes and consider how their actions may impact others. Engage in conversations that promote empathy, such as discussing different perspectives or sharing stories of kindness. 3. Practice gratitude: Encourage your child to express gratitude for the things they have and the acts of kindness they receive. Teach them to say "thank you" when someone does something nice for them. This cultivates a sense of appreciation and helps them realize the importance of acknowledging others' efforts. 4. Use positive reinforcement: When you notice your child displaying acts of kindness, politeness, or consideration, praise and acknowledge their behavior. This positive reinforcement reinforces their understanding that these qualities are valued and appreciated. 5. Teach basic manners: Start with the basics, such as saying "please" and "thank you," using proper table manners, and greeting others politely. Consistently remind and reinforce these behaviors until they become habitual. 6. Encourage empathy-based activities: Engage your child in activities that involve helping others or giving back to the community. This could include volunteering at a local charity, participating in fundraising events, or simply assisting a family member or neighbor in need. These experiences help children understand the impact of their actions on others. 7. Set clear expectations: Establish clear expectations for your child's behavior, emphasizing the importance of kindness, politeness, and consideration towards others. Consistently reinforce these expectations and provide gentle reminders and guidance when needed.

In conclusion, teaching our children decency and propriety is a vital aspect of their development. By instilling kindness, politeness, and consideration in their early years, we are setting them up for a lifetime of healthy relationships and contributing to a more respectful society. Remember to lead by example, teach empathy, practice gratitude, and reinforce positive behaviors. Let's work together to raise a generation of compassionate and respectful individuals. Share this blog post with other parents and join us in creating a world where decency and propriety thrive.


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