1. When asking for something,say “Please.”
2. When receiving something,say “thank you.”
3. Don't interrrupt grown-upswho are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency. They will noticeyou and respond when they are finished talking.
4. If you do need to getsomebody's attention right away, the phrase“excuse me” is the most polite way for you toenter the conversation.
5. When you have any doubtdoing something, ask permission first. It can save you from many hours of grieflater.
6. The world is notinterested in what you dislike. Keep negative opinions to yourself,or betweenyou and your friends, and out of earshot of adults.
7. Don't comment on otherpeople's physical characteristics unless, of cuourse, it's to compliment them,which is always welcome.
8.When people ask you how yo are, tell them and then ask them how they are.
9. when you have spent timeat your friend's house, remember to thank his or her parents for having youover and for the good time you had.
10. Knock on closed doors-andwait to see if there's a response-before entering.
11. When you make a phonecall, introduce yourself first and then ask if you can speak with the personyou are calling.
12. Be appreciative and say “thank you” for anygift you receive. In the age of e-mail, a handwritten thank-you note can have apowerful effect.
13. Never use foul languagein front of adults. Grown-ups already know all those words, and they find themboring and unpleasant.
14. Don't call people meannames.
15. Do not make fun of anyonefor any reason. Teasing shows others you are weak, and ganging up on someoneelse is cruel.
16. Even if a play or anassembly is boring, sit through it quietly and pretend that you are interested.The performers and presenters are doing their best.
17. If you bump intosomebody, immediately say“excuse me.”
18. Cover your mouth when youcough or sneeze, and don't pick your nose in public.
19. As you walk through adoor, look to see if you can hold it open for someone else.
20. If you come across aparent, a teacher, or a neighbor working on something, as if you can help. Ifthey say“yes”,do so -you may learn something new.
21. When an adult asks youfor a favor, do it without grumbling and with a smile.
22. When someone helps you,say “thank you”. That person will likely want to help you again. This is especiallytrue with teachers!
23. Use eating utensilsproperly. If you are unsure how to do so, ask your parents to teach you orwatch what adults do.
24. Keep a napkin on you lap;use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
25. Don't reach for things atthe table; ask to have them passed.