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Emily Post's The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children Paperback – August 2, 2005
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It would be nice if raising kids was as simple as turning a switch on and off, but the book explains why this is not so. It makes no effort to suggest that any of the methods will be easy to implement, especially when they must be over and over again, with patience and dedication. It also breaks down realistic expectations by age group, each one having its own issues.
I have made use of the book when I work professionally with children. Much of the suggestions even work well with special needs children where the text needs to be applied based on individual development where the mental age of the child is lower than the physical age. Whatever the case, it provides a lot of coaching for the attitude of the adult where setting the best example is essential, especially when children are at their most difficult.
1.) Promotes confidence and self-respect. This is my underlying goal for teaching my children manners and I LOVE that this book approaches etiquette from this angle. It is not a guide for raising a prim and proper young lady. It is a guide for raising a child who is genuine and well-liked, who cares for others and who is true to themselves.
2.) Developmentally appropriate - The foreward mentions that this book was written with the help of specialists in "education, communication, child and adolescent health, and human development." When you read the text, it is clear that this book takes a holistic approach and considers the child's social and emotional well-being every step of the way.
3.) Phased advice - I saw another comment that someone was looking for a simple reference book. It has an index in the back if you want that. However, I love that this book breaks down manners by age group.Read more ›
I had hoped for more specific information. For instance there are only two areas that cover grandparents in the book.
There is great information in the book. But, after finishing it I am still searching for another book to give me more direct answers to questions that never got answered in this book.
I want to know how to handle it when my child points out that their grandparents are not following the table manners that we are trying to stick by. I want to know how to handle negative comments about religion. I want to know how to make a child stick to the yes ma'am no ma'am rule even when adults out there say they don't like being called ma'am.
Again, it's a good book. But, if you are looking for a broad range of answers then you may still need to find another book in addition to this one as I am.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shared with daughter in law and we all read it. Very helpful. Common sense.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I remember this book as a child. I bought it to teach my granddaughter.Published 19 months ago by Margaret Polino Nicholas
I have wanted this book for years. Since I am the grandmother of 16 children, I have wanted to know what passes for manners these days. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Sonja Voss
Book arrived on time. The item is in perfect condition. Gave it to parents of a little girl so they can start on the kid early.Published on October 13, 2013 by melly banagale
This is a good book and is a must for every parents to raising respectful children.
This generation is in dire need of manners and appropriate behavior.
My daughter has just turned 16 and I have been using this book since she was in preschool. It is a wonderful reference book for age appropriate behaviors and expectations for the... Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Edsomm
This book reads as a novel, not a quick reference guide for parents with limited reading time. I would not recommend this book!Published on November 25, 2011 by Klassen Castle
I found this book to be very helpful in knowing what to teach my kids in certain situations. If they have something come up that needs an etiquette answer, I can simply look up... Read morePublished on October 31, 2008 by Jeff Neipp