Emily Post on Sportsmanship

In 1940 – that would be 72 years ago – Emily Post published a book for parents titled CHILDREN ARE PEOPLE. I’ve taken some time recently to read through it and am amazed by the timelessness of her advice. It is in that spirit that I would like to share her thoughts on sportsmanship. Some [...]

“Trick or Treat”

It’s Halloween again – my least favorite holiday as a parent for several reasons. First it required a level of creativity and craftiness that I simply don’t possess and consequently felt sort of failurish every Oct. 31. Second, bags of candy and the need to arbitrate between the kids on who got what, who had [...]

Spectator Sportsmanship

So often we talk about sportsmanship as it relates to players – follow the rules; listen to the coach; don’t blame the ref; be a good winner; be a good loser; and so on. Sometimes I like to think about sportsmanship as it relates to spectators. With school just starting there are new teams to [...]

Happy Holidays from Peggy and Cindy

Hi Everyone,
Last year during the holiday season HarperCollins Children’s Video put up a video of Peggy and me talking about teaching etiquette to children.

I thought some of you might enjoy seeing it. You’ll note that the publication dates are last year’s but all the books mentioned are still available. I hope you enjoy it.

Our National Parks – An Amazing Resource

A number of years ago my husband, two sons (aged 7 and 9), and I had the opportunity to take a 5 week camping trip to the National Parks in the Wild West. It was an amazing experience. We had a pop up trailer that I called our Ship of the Highways. We left Vermont, [...]

Image Matters: Even When You’re Three Years Old

Years ago, when my son was three years old, he walked into the kitchen for breakfast, puffed out his little chest, and with a bright smile asked, “Mommy, do you think Georgia will like this shirt?”
Georgia was his beloved day-care-center teacher. He had a crush on her from the age of two. He knew that [...]

On a Bike: Good Manners and Safe Practices!

One of my favorite things about good manners is that they often lead to safe practice. The converse is also true. Safe practice is actually good etiquette because it shows respect and consideration for others. Think about biking. There are four kids riding their bikes to the local pool:
If they travel four abreast, they may [...]

The Golden Rule of Parenting

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive has to do with the concern parents have that their kids will be influenced by poor behavior on the part of celebrities, sports heroes, teachers, or even family and neighbors. Kids consistently tell me that they learn about respect and consideration– how you show it and [...]

American Idol: A Sport?

You may not think of American Idol as a sport – I certainly didn’t. Yet, it is a competition with winners and losers. And with winning and losing comes the art of sportsmanship. What I liked the best about the announcement of Kris Allen’s win last night on American Idol is the young stars provided [...]

Graduation: Ceremony, Celebration, or Both?

Graduation season is here. Each graduation marks a milepost in the lives of many students. It’s a serious yet joyful event. And therein lies the conundrum: Do we show our pride in the graduate with airhorns and beach balls? Or do we show respect in somber silence? The answer lies somewhere [...]