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365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children Learn Etiquette Paperback – November 27, 2001

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Have you ever cringed at the sight of your four-year-old waltzing through the neighbor?s front door without an invitation? Have you ever had to call to apologize when your six-year-old forgot to thank his grandmother for the birthday gift she so lovingly sent? How about the formal dinner for Dad?s promotion when your ten-year-old decided that she didn?t like the meal she?d ordered, and then refused to eat a thing?making for an uncomfortable evening for you, the other guests, and the waiter? As a parent, you?ve probably experienced these and many more instances when it seemed that your children had forgotten their manners completely, leaving you frazzled and embarrassed.

Sheryl Eberly?s 365 Manners Kids Should Know gives clever and insightful advice for the myriad of situations where consideration counts, but is sometimes forgotten. Using her smart one-manner-a-day format, parents, grandparents, and even aunts and uncles can find practical ways to teach basic manners, such as:

* How to address elders when being introduced
* How to write a thank-you note
* The polite way to answer the telephone
* How to accept and decline an invitation
* What is expected at formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, and religious services

Full of role-playing exercises, games, and other activities that parents can do with their children, 365 Manners Kids Should Know helps parents and other caregivers understand not only what manners to teach, but also how?and at what ages?to present them. Most important, 365 Manners Kids Should Know makes learning manners fun.

About the Author

SHERYL EBERLY runs Distinctions, a company that presents manners instruction seminars to children, young adults, and businesspeople. She lives with her family in northern Virginia.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (November 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0609806378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0609806371
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We have had this book for about a month now, and we have been thoroughly enjoying it. My stepdaughter really enjoys the lessons, but of course it does not make her manners great. While we learn the ideas of new manners, the old ones go out the window unless they are constantly reinforced. Overall, this book is nice as we see improvement and an awareness of how we all can be more pleasant to others, and that the basis of manners is making others like to be around us.
This book is great for those of us who have been brought up with manners, but it can be very frustrating when we try to enforce some of the more old-fashioned manners and other adults tell us (in front of the children) that "it's okay" or whatever. When I tell my stepdaughter to call adults Mr. and Mrs. So-And-So and then those adults say not to, that bothers me. Or if I tell my stepdaughter not to push to get in front of adults and they say "that's okay", that bothers me too. It seems that manners are not expected of children these days and I guess that is why we don't see them so often. Plus it takes guts for we adults who believe in manners at all ages to stand up to adults who don't expect manners from children!
Well, I think kids are really excited about manners, as my stepdaughter asks all the time to have her dad read from "the manners book". And this book has all the manners that you remember as a kid: table manners, the lost art of the THANK YOU letter, etiquette when you are a guest at someone else's home (what to bring, what to say), etc. I really like it so far!
Another reviewer mentioned that the lessons are laid out for each day of the year.
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This book is FULL of great ideas and information. It is however, listed in calendar format which cannot really be used practically. February 16 is about swimiming pools and unless they are indoors, not many are swimming at this time of year. And there aren't exactly 365 differnent manners because some of them are repeated and build on each other.

None-the-less, themes are still grouped together such as, Telephone Talk, Table Manners, and Body Basics. There is even a section on different religious places and ceremonies which is great if you get invited to service you are not familiar with.

There is a section on Tea Parties that I can't wait to practice with my little girls!!! This book covers the basics such as dances and correspondances a great area of patriotism. There are ideas on how to practice many of the manners this book covers a great deal of information and situations.

Absoulutely worth it, just don't expect to teach your child a new manner each day as the title and book suggests. Instead, you can focus on a group of manners over time and use this book as a great reference. I know I learned a lot and look forward to my children knowing and using their manners, also.
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First the positive. This book has a lot of ideas about manners, teaching manners. There is enough in this book to fill up a years worth of lessons (obviously).

The problems with this book is that many of the manners are broken down into tiny tiny parts and these parts are spread through out the book. For example, it might teach you how to address men (Mr.) one day and then a week later teach you how to address women who are married (Mrs.)

This gives it a feeling of being disorganized because each part of a manner is broken down and it is spread through out the book, rather than being in one place.

If you are considering buying this book I'd suggest this is one you want to look at and see if it provides what you want in a manner you can use.

The children and I refer to this book but for the most part it sits on the shelf unusued.
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I just got this book to help my daughter (6 yo) improve her manners. I started reading it, and was amazed at how much *I* didn't know about proper manners!

In my opinion, there is a lot of detail in this book that is not strictly necessary for day-to-day living. For instance, there is a detailed description of which hand to use for each utensil, and how to cut meat and then transfer it to the mouth. Perhaps my standards for etiquette are low, but I'm happy if my kids simply use their utensils instead of their hands!

All of that said, this book is an outstanding resource for unusual or unexpected social situations, such as funerals, bar/bat mitzvahs, and the proper way to behave at these occasions. It's definitely a great resource book to have on hand.
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365 Manners Kids Should Know is the best comprehensive guide to children's manners I've found. The calendar entries are arranged under 23 sections, among them "Getting Along With Other Kids," "Table Manners Made Easy," and "Be a Guest and Host." This is a parent's book, meant to be used as a teaching guide, perhaps read to the child one entry per day, though I think it would be more useful to focus on certain sections when approaching an event: "Gifts--Giving and Getting" when attending or hosting a party; "Vacation Time" before taking off somewhere. Practical activities are sprinkled throughout the text, such as helping your child read the movie page in the newspaper, or making a card to celebrate a friend's religious holiday. The tone is cordial but businesslike, with none of the false gaiety so common to books on children's manners. What's more, I found entries I haven't found in other books such as acknowledging another's presence when s/he enters the room; giving compliments; and positive use of humor. The writer runs her own company presenting manners instruction seminars to children, young adults, and businesspeople. Her instructions show empathy for all parties involved, for the "others" with whom the child will be associating, and for the child himself.
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