Published 22/07/2021 | MumCFO's.com.au
Three ways to show your child or teen, when shopping with them, is practicing confidence through social skills and dealing with sales, restaurant and cafe assistants.
I receive many calls from parents who are worried about their child not showing manners when they expect them to. I reassure them that children or teens tend not to show manners for parents but will do be perfectly polite when they are with strangers, friends and other family members.
Now that we are out of lockdown and we are getting out and about like never before, really appreciating our freedoms. Children and teens have new opportunities to engage with lots of people and practice their manners. How can we guide our kids to showcase their social skills when out and about?
One way is meeting up with friends and family and going shopping and eating out! I have noticed that at times we can walk into shops and never acknowledge the people who work there. By acknowledging the presence of sales assistants by saying a quick hello we practice basic kindness and who knows, you might find yourself on the receiving end of some excellent service or discounts. If you acknowledge people, then your children will notice them too and a polite “hello” will become an automatic reflex.
When your child wants to make a purchase using his or her own pocket money, why not have a practice run-through before entering the store about how he or she will greet and speak politely to the sales assistants? Your child will learn how to communicate to strangers more confidently and with grace.
We’re able to enjoy eating out again, so showing your child how to order is essential. Once receiving the menu say a quick thank you, choose a meal and then encourage your child to clearly state his or her choice to the wait staff and finish with “please”. Upon leaving, don’t forget to say thank you and goodbye. There’s no better way to practice the six key politeness phrases a child should learn than in a restaurant: “Hello”, “Please”, “Excuse me”, “Thank you/No thank you”, “May I” and “Good-bye”.
These 3 simple steps can guarantee that your child will be using their manners even when you are not there!
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Published 24/12/20 | MumCFO's.com.au
Covid confinement has been a challenging and unusual time for people. To socially distance to keep ourselves and our communities safe has asked us to behave in opposing ways to our instincts and needs. Instead of finding comfort and connection in our social networks and workplaces, we’ve found ourselves isolated and in uncomfortable new situations such as unemployment or juggling full-time parenting with full-time work from home. Confinement has brought many mental, physical and financial difficulties and I congratulate everyone on playing their part to significantly reduce coronavirus transmission.
An interesting phenomenon has been brought to my attention by parents who found themselves spending an unprecedented amount of time with their children during confinement: they discovered that their children had a lot of room to improve their table manners and using new social codes of behaviour. That is spending time on-line and the new way of interacting with teachers and friends.
Due to being at home together for a long time and overburdened with work, parenting and household responsibilities, many parents reported to me that they let table manners slide. Instead of preparing and enjoying meals together, they permitted everyone to make their own meals or graze throughout the day.
I’ve received a flurry of inquiries from worried parents who want their children to gain social confidence once again. I work with the parents to format a tailored program for their children. Generally, parents will guide me as to what they feel their child or children require, and it appears they usually need to be gently reminded to make sure to use their manners, not to forget social norms, and to use their cutlery correctly. Auersmont School of Etiquette offers one-to-one and group etiquette courses for children and teens… I predict that etiquette classes will remain popular for a long, long time!
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Back in April, I attended an online Monaco Power or Positive Impact Summit. The reason for doing this is that I wanted to brush up knowledge of Monaco and the Monegasque people. So I joined online and these are the two things I learned:
The first point was from a talk by Professor Tim Flannery, head of Australia's first climate change commission, who spoke about the bushfires that have ravaged many areas of Australia. The consequences of these bushfires was the sad decrease of the population of koalas. The Fondation of Prince Albert II de Monaco donated funds to 'establishing a koala insurance population for Australia'. It is incredible and admirable that Prince Albert's foundation is helping Australia to re-establish it's koala population including precious wild and sea life around the world.
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Have you ever wanted to pass on a formal dining invitation, just to avoid the awkwardness of not knowing the etiquette of it all? Navigating your table can be easy and elegant. Displaying the correct cutlery etiquette will have your server or host, understanding quickly to how your are progressing and give your the right kind of service. For those who want to sharpen their dining skills and get back to using the knife and fork more often, here are a few pointers: