Manners

Teaching manners and civility is so important to me. I want my children to learn respect, restraint, and courtesy and I want to help them develop a strong character. This part of the blog includes mini-manner lessons and activities to teach your children. This section of the bog includes a variety of family night lessons as well as table manner lessons and ideas. If you are interested in teaching table manners, I have numbered all of them and recommend starting at Manner #1 and work your way through. The lessons follow the natural progression of dinner.

5 Pennies

On Mondays we review Table Manners at our house during Family Dinner. Although I have taught my kids all of my 20 Table Manner Lessons, we are far from perfect. We still need reminders and reviews. Sometimes we just talk about the manners and other times we play games like 5 Pennies.…

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No Matter What Happens Tomorrow

It is no secret that I want Mitt Romney to win tomorrow. Maybe even more than I wanted the Portland Trailblazers to win the NBA title in 1990, which is saying something. I want Romney to win because I see him as a man of character, integrity, humility and goodness. To be honest, if he doesn’t win, I am not sure I will be able to get out of bed on Wednesday. But no matter what happens tomorrow, I am going to…

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Finish It

Our family helped out at a local 5K run. We were in charge of the food/water at the end of the race. (Don’t think I have actually started running- that would mean the end of the world was near.) There was a big “Finish” sign at the end that inspired this family night lesson:…

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No Offense

I am on a mission to educate the world (and my kids!) about the “No Offense” clause. Don’t use it! As a general rule, if you have to preface a statement by “No offense” then it is going to be offensive.…

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How to Eat Soup

It has been awhile since I did a manners post. But we have been eating soup a lot this winter so I thought it was a good time to cover how to eat soup. And I share the recipe to our favorite soup right now.…

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We Got Annie! Tickets

Santa dropped off an early family Christmas present… tickets to the play ANNIE. We went on Christmas Eve Eve and had an awesome time. On the drive up to the play we discussed play manners.…

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Fingers or Fork?

Have I shown you my cute and informational Christmas present I bought for myself?  It is Emily Post’s “ETIQUETTE:Manners for a New World” book.  I got it at Costco. I couldn’t resist a Tiffany blue hard bound book full of interesting information. There is a section in the book call “Fingers or Fork” so I decided to cover this manner for F week. Manner: As a general rule if you are at a fast-food restaurant, picnic, or barbecue, it is pretty likely that fingers are acceptable.  But if you are at a nice restaurant or dinner at someone else’s home, most likely use a fork.  Also consider how messy the food is.  If the food has a sauce or lots of toppings…

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Happy Blog Anniversary

Today, October 24, marks the one year anniversary of my very first blog post ever! The blog was Monday Night Manners. I am still pretty proud of my inaugural post, and I thought I would repost it here for those of you that weren’t with me back in the day.…

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How To Eat Dessert

Between D week and E week and the arrival of all things pumpkin, we have eaten plenty of desserts around our house lately, so it was only natural to cover How to Eat Dessert for our weekly manner:…

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Be a Strong Leg

This broken chair sat on my back deck for weeks, but it finally inspired this recent family night lesson:…

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