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Teaching Civility

Here is a list of Kids Talk articles that might help you in your work of teaching civility.

Click on the titles to read the entire article. 

asking permission

Asking Permission

For many of us it is easier to beg forgiveness than to ask permission.

If you really want to do something, why risk being told ”no”? Why endure the hassle of trying to sell your point?


asking assistance

Asking Assistance

Can you help me, please?

These five words seem to be hard for many people to say.

In airport check-in lines, at fast food restaurants, or in grocery stores, we may react negatively when someone neglects to ask, “May I help you, please?”


Learning How To Care

Learning How To Care

Many things in life seem to be a closed system, as if certain concepts flow through an electric circuit. 

To get respect, give respect. To have a friend, be a friend. Care for others and they’ll care for you.


making dinner time enjoyable

Making Dinner Time Enjoyable 

“What’s your most difficult time of day?” I asked Sue and Bob, parents of three children under the age of six. They had requested a conference for advice about table manners.


teaching children to be polite

Teaching Children To Be Polite

Until the age of six, we are in a developmental period that is critical to the formation of social relations. Children are learning how to treat others by observing others and by direct instruction.

We learn manners by watching people around us and by having manners taught to us.


four keys to raising a self disciplined child

Four Keys to Raising A Self Disciplined Child

Do you dream of having a child who is self-composed, articulate and respectful of others, young or old?

In our children’s pre-verbal days it seems like those attributes may be impossible, but there are some teaching tools you can use to help your child have the self-discipline to live a peaceful life as a toddler and beyond.


ten little words

Ten Little Words

My imagination is not large enough to consider growing up and not saying “yes, ma’am”.  As I entered my teenage years, I found that among my peers, please and thank you’s were reserved only for authority figures.  The older I got, the everyday grace and courtesy of saying a few kind words seemed to all but disappear.


misbehavior meets needs

Misbehavior Meets Needs

Misbehavior. That’s when you don’t act the way I want you to when I want you to.

But what about when I do what I want when I want to do it? Some might call it personal prerogative. Others might say it’s a double standard.


Geek or Greek

Geek Or Greek?

The ancient Greeks taught that there are three basic types of appeals one uses to influence an audience: ethos, pathos and logos.

The Greeks used their knowledge of ethos, pathos and logos not to dominate others but to gain consensus and develop common ground. The goal of oratory, in the Greeks’ minds, was a vibrant community.


I and Thou

I And Thou 

In the creation of successful relationships, there are two essential elements: giving and taking.

In quality relationships, each party gives more than he or she takes, providing each person in the relationship a stockpile of positive experiences and memories.


three gifts of the human being

Three Gifts Of The Human Being 

From birth we are given at least three gifts to create positive change in our lives. When these gifts are nurtured, we can become the creative force in our own lives. The gifts allow us to become the writer, the director and the actor in the production called ”Our Life.”


seven traits that destroy lives

Seven Traits that Destroy Lives 

Every time I read these seven statements I am astounded at the wisdom conveyed in so few words.

Gandhi is attributed with saying that these seven characteristics are the most spiritually perilous traits to humanity…


build relationships with frequent deposits

Build Relationships With Frequent Deposits

Relationship building is work, and our relationships and the trust in those relationships are in constant change. We maintain and deepen our relationships with regular acts of kindness, consideration, appreciation and service.


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