Thursday, June 4, 2009

By request: Manners for Children

My children are very young, I have little experience in this field but I have a request for a children's etiquette text.

I can tell you that my oldest child, my two year old, says "please", "thank you," and "thanks." But more importantly, she says, "I love you too, Mama." And that's what really matters to me right now. We did not drill her on these first manners of hers, we all just try to respect one another and she acts in turn.

Down the road, I may need more help and by request I can tell you that I will consider these resources for manners; my first choice is not a book but rather the firm way on down south called Southern Protocol, which I wrote on previously. Secondly, the etiquette interactive seminars I mentioned previously, such as occur at the Don Cesar during family vaca's. Just a guess, but it is probably a lot more interesting to the child to be involved in activity-based learning with others their age...

Failing that, I could and in some cases, have, read the texts mentioned here.

4 comments:

Marie said...

Dear Blushing Hostess,
Many years ago my daughter attended an all day Manners for Children class at the Ritz Carleton in New York City. It was conducted by Judith Re and was a wonderful experience.

Blushing hostess said...

Oh, that's good news. So much closer to home! Thank you, Marie!

An Aesthete's Lament said...

My 7-year-old is rather severe with her etiquette observations. Such as admonishing me not to say "thanks" but "thank you" instead. Be that as it may, I say the best etiquette lessons come from one's parents. Little pitchers have big ears and tend to copy what we say/do. Of course this can be periodically hysterical, such as when my daughter walked into the apartment after school last year, put her hand to her forehead, and said, very calmly, "I must lay down or I think I shall faint." (Yes, I have said that on occasion, alas.) She also startles people by saying "aside" (as in, "Would you set that aside for me to read later?") and "misspoke" (as in, "No, Papa, I misspoke. What I meant to say was ...").

mamacita said...

For parents: Miss Manners' Guide to Rearing Perfect Children. For girls: White Gloves and Party Manners. For boys: Stand Up, Shake Hands, Say How Do You Do?