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How do you teach your child to be considerate to others?

My sons is 3 1/2 and he has pretty good manners for his age, but he doesnt seem to show consideration towards others yet. Im not sure if he is too young to understand this.

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Asked by AydensMommy1109 at 4:56 PM on Apr. 18, 2011 in General Parenting

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  • IMO, kids learn a lot by watching others, especially their parents.  Set a good example and the child will most often follow. 


    Answer by CookieMom108 at 4:57 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • By being considerate towards him and others. He is a little young to put himself in others' shoes but modeling goes a long way.

    Answer by RozyMama at 4:59 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • I usually pointed out to my kids when I saw someone doing something considerate or not. This way they had example of how to do things from a very young age.

    Answer by TwinkleLites at 5:02 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • He's too young. Modeling is good and always point it out gently, too. Children are very ego centric when they are under age 5. In a few years, ramp up your efforts.

    Answer by RobotLady at 5:12 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

  • Set a good example and enforce, enforce, enforce! Enforce those 'please's and 'thank you's. Say please and thank you to your spouse, your parents, your friends. Be polite and courteous to strangers. When waiting for the elevator, do not let him rush inside before everyone else has a chance to exit. Similarly, do not let him rush through doors of buildings. Do not let him speak when others are speaking. Be gentle but firm, and consistent. Kids are egocentric at this age, as others have pointed out, but it doesn't hurt to start early!

    Answer by Mousuke at 8:53 PM on Apr. 18, 2011

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