Centuries have passed and every generation tends to think that the youth simply dies not care about the world. The thought that kids don’t respect their elders anymore and contradict their parents have been in the air since a lot of time now. However, there are people who also believe that kids are not the ones to be blamed for this. They can, indeed, be molded into responsible stewards of the society. But getting there is the toughest part though. The root cause of any social misbehavior is respect, and manners put children into the habit of respecting people. While we want our broad concepts of respect to seep into the brains of pre-school kids in Singapore, there is only one way that seems to make this possible. This can only be achieved by improving on the daily interactions that you have with kids. And if we do not wish for our school relations to fray, implementing some of these key points in kids’ preschool routines is necessary.
Teach kids that salutations still matter
Often in smaller classrooms or schools, manners are often forgotten. The proper habit of using a salutation, like Ms., Mr., or Mrs. has fallen wayside, leaving behind signs of disrespect and contradiction as byproducts. Such minor fraying at the core can make kids think that elders no longer need to be addressed using a respectful salutation. However, this can easily be corrected by addressing the issue with the whole class and later reinforcing it if needed.
Don’t forget to teach about Sir and Ma’am
Children need to be taught about finishing their sentences with the use of sir or ma’am whenever appropriate. Not only is this applicable for every professional or business setting, but is also a way to convey respect to your elders, especially when their assistance is needed. This also teaches kids to take the smooth social road through teaching the use of proper language in front of respectful people.
Teach them to keep using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’
Though ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ might appear like thing to attend to, they imply to somebody that you care about the quality of conversation that you’re having with them. Moreover, using them in your language translates to how you think about someone. Kindergarten schools in Singapore need to teach kids about how talking brusquely to someone can show that they don’t value each other much, whereas using proper language validates that they do.