Commitment to Courtesy

Children's Trainer Program

October 2009 Children's Trainer Program Graduates

Over the past two years I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with women (men could come but they haven’t) who think it’s important to teach etiquette in their communities. We call it our Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer program and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Women from San Diego, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Annapolis, Chicago, Hartford, Greenwich, Detroit, New Jersey, Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, the Bahamas, Bahrain(!) and more want to teach parents, teachers, and kids of all ages the manners that can help them get along at home, school, and in the community.

These women have a variety of backgrounds and motivations to teach etiquette: teachers, social workers, counselors, parents, coaches, editors, and business people looking for a change or to enhance what they are already doing. And I admire them all. I certainly have a lot to teach but more exciting for me is what I learn. When we’re done, we’ve expanded the family of people committed to courtesy. I look at the pictures of the graduate trainees with pride and hope for them great success in their endeavors. For every one of them there is the potential of a gang of children and youth who will be exposed to the way of civility and graciousness.

I just want to express my appreciation to all of you who have spent your time and money to follow through on your commitment. Not only will you enrich the lives of youngsters in cities and neighborhoods across this country, but you have enriched my life. For both, I say, “Thank you!”

2 comments to Commitment to Courtesy

  • Maria

    How do I get this program into Massachusetts?

  • Cindy Post Senning

    Hello Maria,

    I was reading back through comments I have received at my The Gift of Good Manners site and realized I had never responded to you. My sincere apologies.

    Two things. In New Jersey again, October 2010, I will be conducting a Train the Trainer program for people interested in teaching etiquette to children and youth in their communities. If you have any personal interest in becoming an etiquette teacher, send an email to Dawn Stanyon at The Emily Post Institute – She will send you information about the training. Otherwise, watch our website for programs we may have in your area. Over the past few years we have done programs at Williams College, in Peabody, Marblehead, Boston, and Edgartown. If you know of an organization (PTA, Mother’s group, Community Club, etc.) who might be interested in bringing us to their town, they can also contact Dawn who schedules special events.
    Thank you for your response and I hope we may get a chance to meet sometime!

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