Here is an excerpt (courtesy of Marvelously Well Mannered) from one of Marvelously Well Mannered's Kindness Kingdom board game cards, and it couldn't be better timing on this particular one, considering commercials aplenty are running full speed ahead right now.
If you see something you really want for Christmas on TV, can you tell your mom and dad to get it for you?
A. No, you cannot tell someone to buy you something but you can give a hint of things you like.
B. Yes, scream for your parents the next time the commercial comes on so you can show them what you want. They would appreciate the help.
C. No, never tell someone to get your something and don’t help them with hints – if your parents really love you they will know what you want.
Answer: A. You should never demand that your parents – or anyone else – buy you a specific gift. But a gentle hint is usually appreciated.
Casually mention the item in conversation. “I can’t believe the cool new Lego building set I saw.” Giving just the perfect gift is hard, even for people who know you. Make sure you are grateful for whatever you receive and say, thank you.
Marvelously Well Mannered is a company who believes, like I do, that good manners begin at home. The importance of teaching our children how to behave politely, use good manners, and exhibit good taste while in public cannot be overrated. Here is some good news: An easy way to reinforce the good manners we are already, or wish to be teaching our children can now be done in a very fun way!
Kindness Kingdom is a board game that was created with good manners in mind. It is for 2-4 players, ages 5 and older. Players travel around to each of the eight neighborhoods in Kindness Kingdom hoping to collect charms for the bracelet the winner will use to gain entrance into the tea party. There are different piles of cards, each drawn by a player in different situations, and they all deal with manners, in one way or another. From teaching proper terminology, discussing the faux pas, and everything in between, Kindness Kingdom offers positive learning for its players from beginning to end. There are many cards available, so the game will remain fun/fresh and continue to be a learning experience each time it is played. There are other cool surprises along the way as well, and a healthy dose of humor is peppered throughout.
It is a fun game, and a don't-miss opportunity for teaching young children important issues such as empathy, kindness, social skills, and proper etiquette. The end of the game, keeping in proper alignment with the theme, encourages the 'winner' to cheer the other players along until they too reach the gates of the tea party, because of course a tea party is never as fun when it's only for one.
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