Top 6 Manners You Should Teach Your Toddler

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

Being a mother of two very active boys, I can say that their toddler years were really hardly easy. It is during toddlerhood when they commonly display tantrums, become more rebellious, and are ritualistic.

Taking it one day at a time as we teach them simple good manners is essential in raising well-behaved children.

Here are the top 6 manners that toddlers should have as they reach 3 years old.


Direct eye contact may have different meanings for different cultures. But here in the Western culture, maintaining good eye contact during social interaction is a positive gesture. It reflects confidence and honesty. So teach your toddler to establish eye contact when talking with somebody. Practice this at home as you talk to your child so when they go out in public, they would automatically do the same.


Parents should also teach their toddlers to say 'hello' when being introduced to somebody or when arriving for visits. It is a sign of being polite as one warmly acknowledges the presence of other people.

When it is time to leave, saying 'goodbye' is also appropriate.

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Healthy habits and practices must be taught first at home. Among these is proper handwashing before and after every meal, as well as after using the toilet. Make sure to instruct your toddler to use friction in rubbing their hands together for at least 15 seconds and to rinse it thoroughly under running water.

Pay attention to the most neglected areas of the hands like the finger tips, the palm and sides of each hand, thumbs, and the areas in between fingers.


It can be uncommon for many toddlers to fidget while sitting because of their shorter attention span. And this can be especially true during meals. There would even be times when a toddler won't stay seated during meals if something interesting catches his attention away from the dinning table.

Proper role modeling and explaining the importance of good table manners like patiently waiting for the food and staying seated are basic things that toddlers should be taught.


Although most younger toddlers can have difficulty using utensils because of less developed fine motor coordination, parents should start and continue encouraging their kids to do so.

Praising their effort and saying "please use your utensils" when you notice them using their hands (unless when finger food are served) are good starts.


Don't forget about the golden words that show kindness and respect-- "please" and "thank you." Similarly, saying "You're welcome" when thanked is also gracious.

Having kids who know how to politely request and articulate gratitude are something we can really be proud of.

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