Call me old fashioned (my kids couldn't agree with you more), but I'm a big fan of traditional values. There is something to be said about quality time with family or having a good home-cooked meal. I am also a big fan of good manners and politeness.

Unfortunately, I've found some these qualities are somehow lacking in our culture today, and not just in children. The reasons for this may be due to our lack of personal interaction that stems from so much digital communication, or the absence of good role models to encourage kids to be courteous and polite (celebrities and pro athletes are not always pillars of good etiquette).

It is important to keep in mind, however, that good manners must be taught and encouraged, and can't be the sole responsibility of teachers and third party caregivers. Furthermore, children won't learn good manners from their peers or popular media, so we as parents must assume responsibility for this process, and rightfully so.

With this in mind, here are 14 manners that are really nice to see by the time a child turns 10.

1. Say "please" and "thank you." The two benchmarks of good manners, but sadly lacking today, despite the fact that teaching kids to say them is a simple process of reminding them.

2. Make eye contact. Personal interaction requires some level of engagement, and unless there are special circumstances, eye contact is the bare minimum.

3. Chew with their mouths closed. Nobody likes the site of chewed up food, and open mouths increase the chance of things falling out.

4. Don't interrupt. Unless it's an emergency (it usually isn't), kids need to learn patience and allow an interaction to continue.

5. Don't text at the table. Seemingly a no-brainer, I am constantly astounded by how much kids (and adults) check their phones during meals.

6. Don't text during conversations. Nothing relays the message that you've got better things to do than checking your phone during a conversation.

7. Eat quietly. Making noise when chewing is not only unappealing, but probably means they're chewing with your mouth open (see #3).

8. Learn to say "excuse me." Always appropriate when interrupting a situation or when releasing "gas."

9. Sit quietly for short periods. This is especially true in public spaces (buses, planes, etc.) and at the table.

10. Wait their turn. People who can't wait their turn and cut-in display rudeness and self-absorption.

11. Don't hoard. This goes with learning to share. Kids should not take everything for themselves, and should learn when they have enough.

12. Acknowledge friends and acquaintances. A simple nod or smile is all it takes, versus ignoring them completely.

13. Eat your food, don't wear it. When food is crammed in too quickly, it often ends up on the body, which is unsightly and unhealthy.

14. Be conscientious of people around you. Teach kids to give others their space, which includes not making too much noise, especially in public places.

Good manners are a wonderful quality to behold in children, and it really begins at home. Parents should teach good manners at an early age and gently but firmly enforce them on a continual basis. Remember, in addition to providing for and protecting our kids, our jobs as parents is to teach them to be decent and responsible members of society. Part of that is walking the walk and employing good manners as adults.

This will also help your kids navigate the world as they get older, because they will continue to interact with people throughout their lives, and good manners are a solid foundation for good personal and professional relationships.