The Ultimate List of Manners

As my kids grow, there’s many things I want to teach them. Manners in my opinion are very important although I do agree there are times when manners need to go out the door. Those situations I’ll write about in another post. But for now, I created an ultimate list of manners. Things I want to make sure my kids learn as they grow up.


  • Hold the door open for others.
  • Give up your seat for others
  • Do not get into fights over the phone or text message
  • Say “Excuse Me”
  • Use a Coaster
  • Say “Please” and “Thank you”
  • Smile at those you’re doing business with.
  • Look at the person who is speaking to you
  • Let someone go in front of you in line
  • Cough or Sneeze into your elbow (Always cover your mouth)
  • Learn people’s names
  • Handwrite thank you notes
  • Be on time
  • Clean up after your pet
  • RSVP
  • Ask before posting other people (especially kids) on social media.
  • Shake hands firmly
  • Use your turn signal
  • Wash your hands after using the bathroom
  • Clean up after yourself
  • Wait a day when reacting to something that upset you.
  • Push your chair in when you leave a table
  • Ask before bringing a guest
  • Stay home when you’re sick
  • Knock before you enter
  • Reach out to people who are grieving
  • Let people off the elevator before you get on
  • Silent your phones at movies or plays
  • Help someone who is clearly struggling
  • Thank a veteran for his or her service
  • Wipe down the exercise machine after you use it
  • Take your shopping cart to the return
  • Don’t groom yourself in public (especially floss)
  • Learn to say you’re sorry
  • Return calls
  • Stand for introductions
  • Make eye contact
  • Avoid reaching across the table for food
  • Avoid eating off other people’s plates


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12 thoughts on “The Ultimate List of Manners

  1. I’m so glad you posted this. I’ve noticed recently, manners are a thing of the past, and allowing our kids to freely speak their mind without manners is more important. I’m a little old school in that there is a time and place for all that, but manners will never be important! This is a great list and I’ll be sure to mark them down as a reminder to myself that these are non negotiable for kids and adults alike 🙂

  2. I love this list! I just wish we had better luck teaching it! One of our children has major challenges with a lot of basic manners because (we now know) of a learning difference, and her sister often seems to think that if the other one does it, it’s ok for her too! We are trying to take the slow/steady long game approach, but it is so hard!

  3. Such a great list! It would be a really checklist to have hanging on the fridge. Luckily my kids learned most of them just by watching how we acted. It is really nice to see my teenagers hold doors open and always say please and thank you. I always get compliments since sadly you don’t see manners these days as much as you used to.

  4. I love this list. My husband and I are big on teaching our daughter manners! A lot of these we do, but some we haven’t even thought of and will definitely start implementing some! Thank you.

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