The 5th Grader


Manners Every Kid Should Know By Age 9

  • When asking for something, say "please."
  • When receiving something, say "thank you."
  • Do not interrupt grown-ups who are speaking to each other unless there is an emergency. They will notice you and respond when they are finished talking.
  • If you DO need to get somebody's attention right away, the phrase "excuse me" is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
  • Do not comment on other people's physical characteristics unless, of course, it's to compliment them, which is always welcome.
  • Don't call people mean names.
  • Do not make fun of anyone for any reason. Teasing others shows that you are weak, and ganging up on someone else is cruel and a form of bullying.
  • Even if an assembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested. The people on stage are doing their best.
  • If you bump into someone, immediately say "excuse me."
  • Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
  • As you walk through a door, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
  • When someone helps you, say "thank you." That person will likely want to help you again. This is especially true with teachers!
  • Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Parents magazine. For the complete list of 25 manners, click here.




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