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Manners Matter

Good manners seem to be a dying one-time cultural staple. Manners are the good character building components that help shape young people. Holding the door for a stranger can teach selfless-giving. Pedestrians, crossing the road, giving a courteousy wave to the driver to a waiting car teaches that simple moments can become uplifting. Saying “please” and thank you” can inspire a young person to value kindness and gratitude. Manners did not happen by accident. It takes discipline from both adults and children to foster this much needed skill.