There are many ways we all can improve our manners and etiquette. Dr. Alex Packer, psychologist and the author of How Rude! A Teenager's Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out, recommends steps to set your child on the road to good etiquette. Here are two great ideas he mentions:

Approach manners as a game. One night a week, try to have a somewhat more formal dinner. Try dressing up, serve a special meal, and expect more formal manners. That will help improve your kids' social graces.

Try dining out once in a while. Fast food restaurants don't count; dining over styrofoam doesn't bring out the best in manners. And you can't pull someone's chair out for her if it's bolted to the floor. Try a nice restaurant and allow kids to order their own food, and assist in paying the bill and figuring out the tip.

For more information on Dr. Alex Packer and his book How Rude, purchase his book today.


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