The Principles Are Indeed Universal!

I just returned from an amazing trip to El Salvador. I had the opportunity to visit a small village in the mountains northeast of San Salvador and once again came to realize the universality of the fundamental principles essential to all relationships and on which etiquette is based. While we had [...]

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 [...]

What’s In A Name?

At a pot luck supper recently I met a woman who had hiked the Appalachian Trail end to end. I was so impressed. Some time in the past I had read an article about long distance hiking on the AT. It mentioned that hikers often have “trail” names. They’re a sort of nickname that stays [...]

French Fries – How Do I Eat Them?

There are many foods that present a classic dilemma for diners young and old. The question is, “fork or fingers?” The answer is sometimes definitive – you definitely eat your peas and mashed potatoes with a fork. That’s a no-brainer. But how about french fries? It’s a sometimes fingers/sometimes forks answer: If the food the [...]

It’s A Family Affair

The 18th on the 18th! October 18th is a big date for us here at the Emily Post Institute. It’s the publication date of EMILY POST’S ETIQUETTE, 18TH EDITION: Manners for a New World. I could tell you about the new etiquette; it includes things like texting manners and fist bumps and pocket dialing. I [...]

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 [...]

First Day of School – Uh-ohohoh

It’s the beginning of a new school year. One of the greatest challenges faced by parents is learning that their child is in a classroom with a teacher they really don’t like. The last thing you want is to have your child’s energy and attention diverted from learning and enjoying a whole year of school. [...]

The Etiquette Business – Challenge Number Two

Sometimes when I tell people what I do, they sort of laugh and say, “Manners? Does anybody really pay attention to manners anymore?” What I have found is that many, many people do pay attention. However, there are definite challenges that come along with promoting etiquette/manners in the today’s world. I’ve actually identified five. Number [...]

5 Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 5

Giving and Receiving Gifts:     

Spend this last hour helping your kids learn gracious gift giving and receiving.
Gift Giving – In order to help your kids learn the joy of giving make the time to have them participate in gift shopping or making gifts they will give during the holidays. Then practice these interactions:

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Five Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 4

Greetings and Handshakes
Greetings and handshakes are social skills – and like every skill it takes practice to get them right and to feel comfortable using them. Also, it’s much easier to learn and practice with someone you know well so try out that greeting and handshake in familiar settings with friends and family.
Let me say [...]