Life lessons that transcend sports, school, work, life are always my favorite to share. So thanks to Charlotte Hilton Andersen and Reader’s Digest for reminding us of the “16 Forgotten Manners Every Parent Should Teach Their Child”.
I’ve always believed that how a player behaves on the field/rink/court is how they will behave in life. The player that offers a hand to an opponent on the ground is the same player that will lend a hand to a family member in need or a future co-worker. And I’m a bit old fashioned in believing our kids (especially after being quarantined in their houses for one year) may need a refresher course in manners.
Number 4 on this list resonates with me: Show appreciation and get to know the names of the (frequently anonymous) service workers who help your day run smooth…the bus drivers, mail carriers, cafeteria servers, janitors, referees, security guards, law enforcement officials and more.
Here’s a quick look at Reader’s Digest 16 Forgotten Manners Every Parent Should Teach Their Child (click here for the full article):
1. Know when to turn off the phone
2. Say “You’re Welcome”
3. Try small acts of service
4. Say “thank you to service workers”
5. Give up your seat
6. RSVP to invites
7. Wait to eat until everyone is seated
8. Use indoor voices
9. Take turns talking
10. Pay compliments
11. Cover coughs and sneezes
12. Write thank you messages
13. Learn good social media etiquette
14. Introduce yourself
15. Be on time
16. Make time for phone calls to just say “hi”
This list is also a great list for coaches. As a coach of my girls sports teams, I often say thank you just because they are all being good citizens during covid. Every day they come to practice working hard, wearing their masks, making sure they are following the rules. And after doing this for months, they just keep going without a complaint. A big thank you to all of the athletes that are playing youth sports, following the rules (and we know these rules change often) and practicing good manners. Remember, kindness costs nothing.
Ian Goldberg is a #girldad, volunteer coach, and the Founder of iSport360. His SportsTech company is helping thousands of youth sports teams stay connected, active and strong through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Try iSport360 for free here.