Beth's Blog on Etiquette

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What to do?

When food is in your mouth, when food gets stuck in your teeth or when there is a terrible piece of meat that is full of fat…What do we do?

Do not pick the food out at the table, excuse yourself and go to the restroom.

When food taste bad or is full of fat it is a bite more complicated.  Take your fork and put it in your mouth then remove the piece of food.  Place it on the plate.  Find something to cover it up since no one wants to look at a half chewed up piece of meat on the plate during dinner.

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SAY, “YOU’RE WELCOME”

So many times I say thank you at school, grocery store, restaurants, doctors appointments, etc…I have noticed that very rarely do people say, “Your Welcome.”  A response to a thank you is appropriate to say a cordial response back, not a smile or a nod of acknowledgement.  That does not count.

Teaching our children to say thank and you’re welcome should begin as soon as our children understand a communication, a language.  Body language does not work in this situation.  Even if it hurts, respond to another human by acknowledging them.  No one gets a pass.

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What is having Good Etiquette?

Good etiquette is courtesy, common sense and grace.  How does one achieve this?

•  Never act like one has all the answers.

•  Making people feel comfortable with you.

•  Listening

•  Knowing guidelines before you go into a situation.

•  When not knowing the protocols, be polite, have a smile and some ideas about topics to speak about.

• Dressing appropriately.  Remember, having a designer suite does not constitute being dressed appropriately or better than someone else.  The person who dresses with confidence and the correct guideline(which there are guidelines) makes all the difference.

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Etiquette: Texting, Email, Cell Phone and all that Technology

Girl Texting

As a certified etiquette consultant, I am not going to tell any parent what to do or how to do it.   Protocols and guidelines need to be set today for behavior and life skills.

•  Make sure your children know that everyone sees what they are texting-ALWAYS- Know that words never go away and can be recovered even when deleted.  So when they text, have them make believe you the parent are reading the text before it is sent.

•  Have your children and you place a lock on their phone so no one sees your child’s calls or text

•  Protect your children with privacy settings on Facebook, MySpace, and iChat(Carefully read the instructions)

•  Never allow your children to have a computer in their room.  It’s much to tempting

•  Parents…www.netlingo.com is a website that allows you to learn the “web-language”

•  Protect your child against people and peers that intrude on their privacy.

•  Turn off the cell phone and computer at night.  Set the guidelines.

Technology is quick, exciting and fun when used properly.  Guidelines are needed so your children are not a victim of a privacy breach.

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Cellular Etiquette: The Man who Invented the Cellular Phone

Martin Cooper

Last night I was watching a news story on Martin Cooper…the man that invented the cellular phone.  He is 81 years old and he says PRIVACY as we know it is OVER.  At first, I was frightened for my children.  What will they encounter in life?  Identity theft? Inappropriate pictures?  Saying,  texting,  or facebooking something inappropriate?

Parents, the cellular phone and social media is only in its infancy stage. So, when you are out in public on your phone, set the correct example TODAY!

•  Step away from the public to take a call.

•  Excuse yourself from the table to take a call.

•  Explain to your children why you have to take a call over another type of call.

•  Raise the bar for your children so they Do NOT fall victim to this ever-growing PRIVACY invasion!

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Wait to Eat

Wait for Everyone

When you are dining with others, wait to eat even though the other person has asked you to “not” wait.  Under NO circumstances do you eat.  Let your food get cold. Do not leave that person behind at the table.

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Memorial Day

HAVE A HAPPY, FUN AND SAFE MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

American Flag

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Etiquette Class

Principles of Etiquette

Principles of Etiquette: Waiting for class to begin

Principles of Etiquette Intro Class

Wow! What a fantastic group of children.  The class went well.  Enjoy the pictures.

Principles of Etiquette: Introduction to Table Manners

Principles of Etiquette

Because of the overwhelming response.  I am offering 2 types of class for 3 consecutive days:

ETIQUETTE CLASS:  A CLASS FOR GIRLS ONLY

Saturday, June 12 from 4:30-5:30pm  Table Manners with Greetings

Sunday,  June 13 from 4:30-5:30pm  What to wear, How to wear it with make-up guideline Class (Held at Bloomingdale’s or Nordstrom’s)

Monday, June 14 from 4:30-5:30pm  Thank you notes, Telephone skills and Texting, Facebook Protocol Class

I am accepting only 8 girls for this class.  It will be $20.00 per class.

ETIQUETTE CLASS:  A CLASS FOR BOYS ONLY

Friday, June 11 from 4:30-5:30pm  Table Manners with Greetings

Saturday, June 12 from 3:00-4:00pm   How to Tie a Tie (Held at Men’s Upscale clothing store with DAD)

Monday, June 14 from 3:00-4:00pm   Thank you notes, Telephone skills and Texting, Facebook Protocol Class

I am accepting only 8 boys for this class.  It will be $20.00 per class.(This includes DAD’s for Saturday Class)

Please call BETH at 305-345-7757 to Reserve or email Beth@EtiquetteQuestions.com

I want to thank Peggy Newfield from The Prestigious American School of Protocol where I was certified as an Etiquette Consultant.

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Etiquette: Children Shaking Hands

Children Shaking Hands

There are wet hand shakes, weak handshakes, grip breaking handshakes, dirty hands handshakes, and many more.  A firm handshake with a warm, honest smile goes a long way.  People are judging our children on the way they look and carry themselves.  When a child gives direct eye contact with a thumb-locking grip, it shows your child is a force to be recognized.

Practice with your children.  Make sure the right hand is extended out, hold up your head so that your eyes are looking into the other person’s eyes, then lock in with your thumbs.  Engage your grip.  Shake once up, once down. Then release.  This is an American greeting that must be learned by everyone in America.   Keep practicing!

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