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Teaching Kids Good Manners: 5 Tips for Parents

Teaching kids proper manners starts at home. Credit: Philip Lim, AFP/Getty Images We all want our kids to be polite people who treat others well, but young children are a fairly self-focused bunch, more interested in what they want tha...Teaching kids proper manners starts at home.

Baby Shower Invitations: Etiquette Basics

Manners come into play in planning a baby shower. Credit: Corbis
You may have thought the days of complicated guest lists were over with your wedding, but baby shower invitations can be equally controversial, causing an already stressed mom-t...

Do We Need New Baby Name Etiquette?

What about the people who choose a name for their child and expect it to be pronounced a certain way, yet it goes against English pronunciation? Then they actually get angry that you aren't smart enough to realize they are using a non-standard pron...

Forcing an Apology: How Bad?

Should you force your child to apologize? Credit: Photodisc At the playground recently, a tussle over sand toys ended with one mom demanding her child apologize. He wouldn't. The wronged child stood there for five minutes while the parent of the...

'Wife' School - Would You Send Your Daughter?

Make Over Camp for your little Betty Draper. Photo: blogs.amctv.com
We have a handful of etiquette-related rules at our house, like these, for example:
No feet where you eat.
Say please and thank you. When someone gives you a gift, ...

School Lunch Should Be a Dining Experience

A few months into the first grade, I realized that my kid was having a problem at school. Lunch. Every morning I would fill Ellie's lunch box up -- and every afternoon I would find it almost completely untouched. She might drink the juice, but that w...

Do Bad Manners Indicate Developmental Issues or Just Bad Parenting?

Does your pediatrician ever discuss your child's manners with you? My son, who is 21 months, has not been the subject of such a discussion but will be soon. He is nearly two, prime time to really start teaching him some manners; up to now we've been ...

DailyDish - Take a Picture

When a far-off relative sends your child a gift, here's a nice tip to let them know their kindness was appreciated....

Staying Connected with Your Tween

ParentDish is pleased to welcome Rene Syler to our team. Rene hosted CBS news' The Early Show from 2002 - 2006; she is the author of The Good Enough Mother, and is currently at work on her second book. You can spend more time with Rene at her web...

Suri Cruise stands up on Broadway

One of the things I was most excited about when we decided to leave Boise and move east was the chance to live close to all the wonderful culture that New York City has to offer. Boise, Idaho is a beautiful place, but not the most happening town in t...

The name game: What do other people's kids call you?

Names can be a tricky thing; expecting parents agonize over choosing just the right name for their new bundle of joy. But the name dilemma isn't over once you bring the baby home -- sure, you've named the BABY, but now the renaming of the parents beg...

It's Christmas thank you time

So, has your child written his or her thank you notes for all the Christmas goodies received? Despite my ambitious plans of having that taken care of before the new year, we haven't even started. Ellie's winter break is just about over and I am deter...

Apple Martin could teach her dad a few things

So, your dad is a big rock star and mom is a famous actress. Complete strangers treat you like royalty and constantly tell you how wonderful and cute you are. With all that adulation, you are bound to become a little spoiled and possibly even bratty,...

A different magic word

Our kids are pretty good with the whole manners thing, but they're certainly not perfect. We've tried hard to model good manners and they do seem to have picked up on it. They remember to say "please" and "thank you" a fair bit of the time, but they ...

The lost art of the thank you note

A few days after Ellie's birthday party last week, she received a thank you note from one of the guests. Her little friend wanted to thank her for inviting her to the party. Nobody has ever done that before and I was surprised and impressed - this mo...

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