March 7, 2011

MANNERS MONDAY: IT'S MORE THAN PLEASE & THANK YOU!

Manners were a big part of my childhood. From no elbows on the table to thank you notes, my mom was a big, big stickler for manners. "Thank you for the birthday gift..." "Thank you for inviting me to your miniature golf party..." "Thank you for coming to my Bat Mitzvah..." You get the gist.

Me & My Grandfather Ralph ("Papa") circa 1987 en route to a Cotillion dance

I believe that now, my behavior, thanks to a 3 1/2 year old sponge with an already saucy vernacular, is crucial. And though I am certainly not the poster child for all things manners and etiquette, my lovely book writing partner Lisa Gache of Beverly Hills Manners is. Lisa and I have teamed up to create a weekly video series discussing all things manners. From cell phone etiquette to road rage to how to tell your friend they have spinach in their teeth, we're going to dish about it all.

We want to:

· Raise the awareness level on manners

· Obliterate the stodgy reputation that manners are only for the wealthy and elite

· Provide endless examples of how manners are an integral part of our daily lives

· Make learning manners accessible, entertaining and fun


Enjoy and look forward to your thoughts!

When it comes to manners, what matters to you the most? What irks you the most?


3 comments:

Vanessa said...

First, thank you for the video! :D
The one thing I wanted for the kids to learn was manners.
I believe in thank you notes and the powers of a "please and thank you".
I've been told by several employers that I've got the job because they received a thank you note after the interview.

My biggest pet peeves are interrupting and cutting. My son's manners are incredible for a 6 year old but my eye twitches every time he tries to push his way through his sister and me to be first up the stairs! Not only is it rude, it's also unsafe!

Have a great day!!

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