When asking someone for something, say “Please.”
When receiving something, tell them “Thank you.”
Unless there is an emergency do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking with each other. They will notice you and acknowledge you when they are finished talking.
If you do need to get somebody’s attention immediately, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to join the conversation.
When you have any question about doing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of trouble later.
Most folks are not interested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself, or between you and your friends, and out of earshot of grown-ups.
Do not opine on other people’s physical or mental characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.
When grown-ups ask you how you are, tell them and then politely ask them how they are.
When you have spent time at a friend’s house, remember to say “Thank you” to his or her parents for having you over and for the good time you’ve had.
Knock on closed doors – and wait to see if anybody answers – before entering.
When you make a telephone call, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.
Be appreciative and say “thank you” for gifts you receive. In the age of the Internet, a handwritten thank-you note can have a very powerful effect.
Never use foul language in front of grown-ups. They already know all those words, and they find them boring and rude.
Don’t call people nasty names.
Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel. Bullying is wrong.
Even if a play, show, or an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The performers and presenters are doing their best and are doing something that they themselves do enjoy.
If you bump into somebody, say “Excuse me” immediately.
Cover your mouth with your hand or arm when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public.
As you open and walk through a door, look around to see if you can hold it open for someone else, especially an elderly person.
If you come across a parent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, ask if you can help. If they say “yes,” do so – you may learn something new.
When a grown-up asks you to do a favor, do it without grumbling and do it with a smile.
When someone helps you, say “thank you.” That person will now likely want to help you again. This is especially true with your teachers!
Use eating utensils properly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you or watch what other grown-ups do.
Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
Don’t reach over the table for things; ask somebody to pass them to you.