Manners Monday

24 Aug

We have all been there.  Stuck.  Embarrassed.  Wanting to disappear.  Beam me up Scotty!  What am I talking about?  Children, of course.  They act up in public.  They scream.  They crumble.  They appeal to our inner insecurities by calling us a bad parent in public. Come on, it happens to everyone.  And when it does, what is a parent to do?

Well, even though I am past the “terrible two’s” with my three teenagers (I reserve the right to recant that statement!), kids, as much as we love them, embarrass us at times.  May I hear a resounding “Yes mother, payback is hell!” from the crowd?

This summer I wanted to address this with my children, and address it hard because they are slowly leaving the nest.  I want them prepared to be comfortable in new social situations and to make others comfortable as well.  My children have always been very social creatures, and in their defense,  have beautiful manners.  For the most part.

I came home from work one Monday, and announced to the children that we were having “Manners Monday”.  My children, using their best manners, scoffed at me, rolled their eyes, and stated that they “already knew everything” about manners.  I simply pointed out that their reaction to my offering was the height of poor manners and needed to stay put.  I now had a captive audience.  They knew they blew it and had to stick around for my “class”!

I will say that our Manners Monday was more of a review session than an all out instructional class.  But completely and totally necessary!  What did we review?  Here is a quick synopsis of what we touched on:

  • Greeting guests
  • The importance of thank you
  • How to set a table for a casual meal
  • A firm handshake
  • Table manners
  • Gracious language
  • Appropriate meal conversation and pleasantries
  • Acceptable cell phone usage

In the end, my children were happy for the review.  And truth be told, the review helped me as well.  Sometimes we can all get a little complacent.  Manners are incredibly important, and should always make others feel more at ease in social situations.  Hopefully my Manners Monday had an impact.  And will continue to do so for a lifetime.


One Response to “Manners Monday”

  1. Shirley Klingele August 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm #

    Good Day! here I am in the middle of my gracious 70’s,….. in age that is, and when I read your review, I realized a manners review is good at any age! thanks for the reminder in a beautifully written and warm reminder… much love from – you know who~ 🙂

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