Kids & Introductions: 5 Easy Steps to Saying “Hello”

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Perhaps due to stranger danger, perhaps due to overly cautious parenting, plenty of children have no idea how to introduce themselves to others or even to speak up for themselves when meeting someone new. College professors say even plenty of young adults don’t know how to properly greet others or introduce themselves and it actually holds them back from making a good impression. The ability to make a connection at a first meeting has a tremendous impact not only on self confidence, but also on how kid and adults are perceived.
Introductions are courteous and necessary in order for kids to be successful as they grow up, says author Cindy Post Senning in the book Emily Post’s The Guide to Good Manners for Kids (Harper Collins, 2004).
It’s a social skill that requires practicing beginning as early as age 4 and should be repeated until it’s mastered. Try these five easy steps with your little ones (and even big ones!).

When your child is being introduced to someone you know for the first time:

1) Make eye contact

2) Hold out your hand to shake the other’s hand

3) Smile

4) Give a firm handshake

5) While shaking hands say, “Hi, my name is ———”


Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of Nashville Parent and the mom of four amazing kids.

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