So when it came to teaching Lily manners I got on with it straight away. As soon as lily was old enough to start doing things like passing me things, I taught her please and thank you.
Thank you was first, and I used the actual words "Thank you" rather than "Ta". I do understand that "Ta" is easier for a child to learn and say, and so they may start speaking their manners earlier. So there is nothing wrong with your child learning this word apart from it is slang and unless you want your child saying "ta" for the rest of their life, you then have to teach them for a second time that the word is "Thank you". I figure that you cut out the middle man with "ta" and straight away use Thank you. As for a baby its not terribly important that they use there manners so doesn't matter if they aren't saying it straight away. I think when Lily first said thank you. It came out as a "yuuuu" when she took something from us.
That soon progressed and the more she heard it, the more that she spoke, then the better it got and eventually you have what we get now. A full on Thank you.
Please didn't come until much later on. But now she says that a lot. Especially if she really wants something I get either "Please mummy" or "pleeeeeaaasssseeeee"
Children really pick up words from us and follow what we do as parents. So its really important that we remember to always use our manners. It is the easiest way to teach them by just using them ourselves and before you even realise, they have learnt it and are saying it.
For example Lily is really good at saying thank you if she pays for something in a shop. I haven't sat her down and taught her that when you buy something, and they hand you the toy back that you have to say thank you. But it is just something she has seen me do and so now does it herself. I feel ever so proud when she has nice manners to the shop keepers.
It really is never to young to teach your child manners.
I am currently trying to teach Lily to say excuse me when she breaks wind or burps. She currently just laughs and shouts "ooo I just popped". Which I do find cute and funny. But she now needs to also learn to say excuse me at the same time.
Do you find it important for a child to have manners?
How did you teach your child manners?