Parents want help to teach children manners, study shows

Courier-Mail (Aust) October 15, 2010
Young children rarely show basic manners such as “please” and “thank you”, desperate parents report. And communication skills, table manners and politeness to elders seem to be a thing of the past for some. Three out of four parents think children are less well-mannered than in previous generations and they want help with teaching basic courtesy to their kids. A growing number of parents are turning to experts providing elocution and etiquette lessons to help them raise their kids properly, amid reports of children and teens “eating like animals” and “grunting” instead of talking. And parents want schools and kindergartens to play a greater role.
The study of 1000 Australian parents, released today, found basic phrases like “may I”, “please”, “excuse me” and “thank you” are rarely used by children. It also found 91 per cent of parents want values and manners taught in schools, although 96 per cent admit mums and dads should be mainly responsible for instilling values in children. The study was commissioned by the Disney entertainment group to mark the release of the DVD of Beauty and the Beast, which the company said represented old-fashioned values, such as seeing beauty within a person.