Although I always try to instill good manners and behavior in my minnies, it’s so much better when they hear it from a third party. It always helps when everyone has the same rules. Especially if they think that the third party is the expert on manners. Natalia said, “Our teacher says that you do it the right way, Mommy.” Instant validation.
During the course, the minnies are learning how to introduce themselves, proper table manners, and many other important lessons. But two of the most interesting things they have learned involve elevators and phones.
My intolerance for bad elevator manners grew while the minnies were little and I was constantly traveling with them in the Maclaren twin stroller. People rarely seemed to know the unwritten rules for getting in and out of the elevator.
* People who are in the elevator exit before others enter the elevator
* It is polite to hold the door open for people with strollers, wheelchairs, or other special needs.
* Take turns pushing the elevator buttons. (My minnies know that I will push the buttons if there is a disagreement about who pushes the button.)
Telephone manners was another very important topic of discussion. Not only are manners important, particularly to mommies with home based businesses, proper telephone use protects children.
* Answer the telephone in a clear voice and respond to questions politely and appropriately. "My mother is busy right now" is a thousand times better than "My mom is taking a shower."
* Make phone calls at appropriate times. Determine the earliest and latest times your child can call others and make sure that they follow these guidelines.
* Safety. Know how to use 911 in case of an emergency and that this number should only be used when necessary. Children should not give out personal information to strangers on the phone.
This week is the big event where students will show their good manners during a meal. The minnies are so excited and have been practicing for the past few days. Have your children taken an etiquette course? Did you notice a change in their behavior after the class?