Etiquette Expert Stirred Controversy By Saying That Kids Over 5 Should Give Up Seats For Adults In Public Transport

Etiquette Expert Stirred Controversy By Saying That Kids Over 5 Should Give Up Seats For Adults In Public Transport

Family & Kids

October 29, 2018 10:59 By Mambee

We all try to teach kids good manners. However, it turns out the “good manners” is relative. Everyone gives it a different meaning, depending on culture, age, background and life experience. That is why a recent Twitter update from the etiquette expert created a buzz among parents.

William Henson posted a message for parents on his Twitter page, saying that children over 5 must offer their seats to adults when in public transport.

Did he sound rational or crazy? Twitter users had many opinions regarding this particular show of good manner. Some agreed, while others appeal to equal rights for adults and children.

The twit sparked a furious debate, to say the least.

Henson underlines that it is essential to teach kids to show respect for the elders. Experts reveal some essential tips to help parents with this mission:

Do not raise your voice

Start with showing respect to your children. Do not overreact if they show seemingly disrespectful behavior; do not yell at them for any mischief. It would be taken as aggression by your precious one, and absorbed immediately as a pattern reaction.

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Explain

Give them examples and explain how to approach different situations. Model a respectful behavior by raising an individual with freedom of choice. Teach them how to express their need and discontent with language, avoiding shouting, hitting, or acting selfishly.

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Be a good example

You are a human being, and you can make mistakes, too. Show it to your child by apologizing for your own faux passes.

Unfortunately, the art of courtesy seems to be lost these days. It’s up to you how to raise your children and what manners to embed in them. And remember: You can never demand respect. You have to earn it.

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