In my upcoming book on kindness, called “Beyond Nice” I have a chapter on manners. Manners are a foundation and a forerunner of deeper kindness. We shouldn’t mistake manners alone for kindness, but there’s definitely a connection.
Early Childhood educators spend a lot of time on manners. That’s an important first step. And let’s face it, manners lubricate the wheels of interaction. We just don’t want to stop there. Having manners is only the beginning.
There are lots of good songs out there about manners. Here’s one I developed for last year’s Brazilian project. You’re welcome.