Every generation seems to bemoan the erosion of manners. But while today's parents can happily bid a fond farewell to old-fashioned notions like "children should be seen and not heard," politeness still has its place.
Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years, so it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness, and respect that will help kids make and keep friends -- skills that will serve them well their whole lives.
Modern-Day Primers on Politeness
It's Hard to Be Five
The tug and pull of a 5-year-old's struggle with his "control buttons" is clearly echoed in the book's rhyming language, which kids will surely enjoy.
Parents can use this book to remind their kids not to interrupt -- or just laugh with them at the little red chicken's bedtime antics.