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How Rude! An Age-by-Age Guide to Teaching Kids Manners

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Ages 11-13: Being a Good Guest


Give your tween guidelines for good behavior as a guest. Ask him to observe the host parents' rules even if they're different from your house rules:

  • Don't overstay his welcome. Talk with the host parent about when he should come home.
  • Use his best table manners.
  • Speak and listen respectfully, making eye contact and not rolling his eyes. Don't tolerate swearing or other rude behavior.
  • Clean up after himself and thank the host family before leaving.

Next: Ages 14-18: Respecting You and Other Adults

September 1, 2014



Don't forget to hydrate! Forego sugary juices and sodas and pack a bottle of water in your child's lunch. If your child likes a little more flavor, spice it up with lemon, lime, cucumbers, or fresh fruit.


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