Behavior, whether good or bad, will open and close many doors to life’s opportunities and possibilities. It is very important to not only teach children academics, but etiquette and manners as well. Homeschool teachers should always make sure of this.
Homeschooled children can and must be an example to other children in a society of sarcasm and crumbling conduct. If you happen to be out and about with your children during public school hours you must know that the general public, which I call the Better Behavior Bureau, will be watching your children out of the corner of their eyes, taking mental notes and thinking to themselves, “I wonder if these kids are homeschooled?” If your children are causing a disturbance, all homeschooled children’s reputations will be on the line. Homeschooling today is much more acceptable than it was when I began fourteen years ago, but many people still don’t agree with this choice of education. Teach your children to be a shining example for all children – not just homeschooled ones.
How to Spot Etiquette and Good Behavior as Homeschool Teachers
Children are so much smarter than we give them credit for. By explaining dangers and stating why they can or cannot do certain things they will understand and obey rules better and without as much resentment as if we lay down rules without explanation.
Deep down children really want to know you are in control and making sure their behavior is acceptable, giving them confidence and a sense of security. Homeschool teachers may never get them to admit this, though.
Today, many more liberal thinkers say putting down rules stifles a child. I couldn’t disagree more. When a child knows the rules to keep him and others safe and happy – and obeys them – he can enjoy much more freedom and so will his parents. You don’t need a lot of rules; you just need a few clear and distinctive ones that the child understands, knowing the action will be taken if they are not obeyed.
Reading some books on manners together will help both parents and children learn long-forgotten rules on etiquette. After I started homeschooling my children I learned a lot about polite manners of our society. Many of them I had never even heard of. Chances are you yourself could brush up on this subject and improve your own behavior. For example: Did you know that when walking down a sidewalk or hall it is proper to always stay to your right? Do you know the proper way to introduce people to each other? Good behavior goes beyond not arguing in public. And as qualified homeschool teachers, you know exactly the right path to etiquette and good behavior.