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There are really no secrets to raising well-behaved kids. What works for one may not work for another. There are however etiquette basics that all children should learn.
basic manners and etiquette. This will not only help them become well-versed in social situations in the future but also build a foundation for good values.
1. Be respectful.
Respect should not just be confined in the use of “po” and “opo” but in being respectful and considerate to other people. Teach them to always give way to elders and to protect children younger than they are. Teach them, too, to respect other people’s opinions and to not shame people or throw shade at them.
2. Be grateful.
Teach them to be grateful for what they have and what they receive. It’s more than saying “thank you,” although they should say that, too, when they get a gift or receive kindness or generosity from people. But they should also be able to show how grateful they are by reciprocating the kindness. As parents, set example on how to appreciate the good acts of others.
3. Be Honest.
When they are young, children are fond of creating stories. An active imagination is well and good but they must be able to sift through fact and fiction. Telling the truth should be taught early on so they won’t get used to telling made-up stories. Show them that honesty is important for people to believe and trust them.
4. Observe the table etiquettes.
Good manners on the dinner table is a must. They don’t need to know which fork goes with what but at least they should know not to play with their utensils or create so much noise with their plates and water glass. They should also know not to talk when their mouth is full, to avoid shouting or speaking loud during dinner; and to quarrel or throw food at each other.
5. Follow the Rules
At an early age, children should be taught to follow rules and instructions. If the library calls for complete silence, then they should not talk. If the theater says “no standing or running around,” they should know better than to do those. They should observe rules of traffic and in crossing streets.
6. Be responsible for your things and not touch other people’s stuff.
Early on, they should be taught to take care of their things—clean their room, fix their school bag, arrange their books. It’s a courtesy to others who may trip over their things. At the same time, they should know that they should not be taking other people’s possession. To each his own.
7. Value your time and other people’s.
If the family needs to leave at 10 am. Then everyone should be ready by 9:30 am. Teach kids to value their time and other people’s by managing their time well. They should be conscious of the time and to make an effort to be always on time.
What is crucial when it comes to teaching children these things is your example. Remember, children only follow your lead. When you do and display this behavior, they will follow suit. Well-mannered parents will raise well-mannered children. Children are just their parents’ reflection.