Etiquette Tips

Want easy etiquette advice for teaching good manners?

Here are easy etiquette tips for our kids and each other. It is something some people have lost in the jokes and sarcasm in popular T.V., but it doesn't have to be forgotten within our family fun times. It is good family advice for family values.

Synonyms for Etiquette

1. Propriety; the standard of socially acceptable conduct or speech,

2. Decorum; conduct,

3. Decency,

4. Dignity.

From these synonyms, we are not talking about being Dainty. We can teach our kids to act with Dignity and Respect for themselves, and others.

I know that our family definitely needs to work on some of these suggestions, but it is worth it!

Etiquette Tips; Simple Rules For Speech

  • Articulate your words clearly. Try not to mumble.
  • Use "Please", "Thank you" and "You are welcome". Every time, so that it becomes a habit.
  • Speak with a smile.
  • Children, and spouses; wait until the other person is done talking. Being interrupted can get annoying. Say, "Excuse me" before talking further.
  • Give room for the other person to speak; people will stop listening if the conversation is one-sided.
  • Speak your convictions, with gentleness and grace.
  • Speak the truth, without exaggerations.
  • Be interested in what others are saying, with your ears and eyes.
  • Answer the phone with a happy voice.
  • Address older people as "Mr." and "Mrs.", unless told otherwise.
  • Husbands and wives, say "I love you" to each other, in front of your kids, and to your kids, daily.
  • Children, say "I love you", daily to your parents and brothers and sisters, if you have siblings. (Yes, tough one.)

  • Etiquette Tips; Body Language

  • Take your hands out of your pockets, when you are speaking.
  • When introduced to someone, shake hands and say, "How do you do?" which is traditional, or "I'm glad to meet you, 'Mr. Smith'.
  • Give people their personal space. Do not get too close to someone when you speak.
  • Look people in the face, near the eyes preferably, when you speak to them.

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