The 20 Etiquette Lessons Every Child Needs to Know

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Teen Etiquette Lessons - At the Australian Finishing School we teach children that good manners simply a means of being kind, thoughtful, and respectful at all times…all lessons that can start very young. When it comes to family meals we encourage kids from an early age to understand what manners are and what we expect from them during a meal.

Top 20 etiquette lessons that every child should know:

  1. The true meaning of etiquette is always to show respect and kindness to everyone around you.
  2. Use please, thank you, and excuse me every day.
  3. How to hold your silverware correctly.
  4. How to properly use a napkin to wipe your mouth. (No sleeves!)
  5. How to chew with your mouth closed.
  6. No elbows on the table … ever!
  7. Never interrupt an adult when they are speaking to someone else.
  8. Never comment on someone’s appearance unless it’s to say something nice.
  9. How to give a compliment to someone else.
  10. How to write a thank you letter.
  11. You must always help someone in need, particularly if they are less able than you are.
  12. How to introduce yourself and others properly.
  13. Be aware of positive body language and how to show it.
  14. Never to call an adult by their first name unless the adult instructs them to do so.
  15. Always knock on a door before opening it.
  16. How to answer a phone politely.
  17. How to make eye contact when speaking to another person.
  18. Don’t point or stare.
  19. Always cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing.
  20. How to invite someone to join a group if they are alone.


The Australian Finishing School Teen Etiquette and Dining Programs combine to create a Swiss finishing School alternative in Australia, designed to give adolescents the social skills necessary to help them mature into confident and self-assured adults. The programs are specifically designed to meet the needs of this age group. They are highly interactive and fun, and are in harmony with the growing emphasis on character education and positive self-esteem.

There is always a list of good manners children can learn but when it comes from someone other than their teachers or parents it sometimes can appear more like common sense. We advocate a safe and happy learning environment is all of our workshops where young people can learn with confidence. 

Great Investment for the grandchildren or for a birthday present (we can offer our workshop as a gift card)