My family recently went on a Carnival cruise to the Bahamas. Not only was it a relaxing and fun-filled tropical getaway, it actually provided many opportunities for my girls (ages 10 and 14) to practice their manners. I knew the sit-down dinners in the dining room would give them that opportunity, but I was pleasantly… Read More Why a family cruise is a great opportunity to practice manners
We can all agree that using manners is just part of being a being a considerate, respectful, and compassionate human being. But what about those days when you aren’t feeling any of that? We all have those terrible, rotten, no good days sometimes, and its particularly easy on those days to develop a me first… Read More Your Mood should not Dictate your Manners
For this week’s Modern Manners Monday, we are going back to basics of Please and Thank You How many of you have said to your kids, “What’s the magic word?” Please and Thank You remain two of the most magical words – no matter what the language. Now, you are probably saying to yourself well,… Read More Please and Thank You are Still Magic Words
Manners are obviously important to you- why else would you take the time to read a post on tolerating bad manners? As I said last week in the beginning of the Modern Manners Monday series, manners are a common sense way to show respect, generosity, kindness, and consideration. But common sense is not always common. Today’s… Read More Modern Manners Monday – Bad Manners
People tend to group manners and etiquette together, when in fact they are two separate but related entities. Manners are an expression of inner character, while etiquette is a set of rules on how those manners should be exhibited externally. Those etiquette rules cover every type of interaction, occasion, and situation. The rules are not meant to be rigid and cumbersome,… Read More Modern Manners Monday – Manners & Etiquette
Back one last time with another thank you note idea. I previously shared a set of simple downloadable thank you notes and a fill-in-the-blank version for kids along with a few helpful hints. I had such a great response, especially on the importance of teaching children this valuable skill, that I thought I would share one… Read More Elf Example – Thank You Note
If you are not a consummate thank you note writer, the holidays are a great time to get back into the habit. It’s also the perfect time to teach your children the importance of this valuable, but unfortunately not widespread, modern manner. Thank You Note Basics Who: Thank you are always appropriate, – whether you received… Read More Quick Tips on Writing a Great Thank You Note
Mrs. Franklin has been singing about respect now for well over 50 years and while we all love to sing along and do a little finger (and maybe booty) shaking, many of us fail to show much respect when it comes to another word with R and S — R.S.V.P.ing. Most people may not be… Read More Show a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T and R.S.V.P.