Articles Written By: Kari Doody

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Five Points to a Proper Thank You Note

Five Points to a Proper Thank You Note

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Thank you note, etiquette, children's etiquetteThe holidays are here and one of the most important things to teach your children is how to write a proper thank you note. Showing appreciation for gifts is the only way to continue receiving gifts. Although technology has made it easy for us to connect with each other it is still important to hand write a thank you note. Follow this simple five-point step to the proper thank-you and it will never fail you.

Positive Impressions

Positive Impressions

This past weekend I volunteered as a timer at my daughter’ swim meet. This gave me a chance to talk to hundreds of children and teens, and it was amazing to witness the wide range of poise, grace, and manners among these youth.

Dealing with Conflict

Dealing with Conflict

No one likes to deal with conflict. It’s an uncomfortable situation for anyone to handle. So what is the best way to teach our kids how to handle it? The first step is to have your child figure out if they have a small problem or big problem. If they have a big problem (anything…

Making the Most of your First Day of School!

Making the Most of your First Day of School!

Going back to school can be a very exciting time for kids. Knowing how to prepare your child for the first day of school is key in making sure that they start the year off right. Even more important than school supplies and a new backpack is bringing a good attitude with you.

Kids Don’t Come with Filters

Kids Don’t Come with Filters

My sister called me last night to ask me what to do about her 5 year old who just doesn’t seem to know how to watch what he says. I asked her what she meant, and she told me that her son can be “too frank.” We know that sometimes kids say things that are totally embarrassing, to the…

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BEACH DAY

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR BEACH DAY

Living in the South bay has its perks and being able to go to the beach is definitely one of them. However, just because we are outdoors, doesn’t mean we can throw our manners out the door. This summer remind your kids that manners are important wherever you go. Here are some tips to remember…

Are Good Manners Really that Important?

Are Good Manners Really that Important?

In one of my recent classes a student of mine kept asking me why having manners was so important? In his words he said “I don’t get it? My friends don’t care if I have good manners or not?” He persistently made comments throughout the lesson and was not easily sold on its importance. Children…

May I ask who is calling?

May I ask who is calling?

Yesterday, I received a phone call from one of my kids friends. When I picked up the telephone, he said “Hi, who is this?” I politely responded with, “Well hello, who may I ask is calling? The young voice on the other end then proceeded to tell me who he was and and wanted to know if my…

Poor Sport Parents

Poor Sport Parents

Springtime always seems to bring out a competitive nature out in all of us.  Maybe it’s because the weather is getting warmer and our kids are fully immersed into spring sports. We all love to cheer on our kids and sometimes can’t help ourselves from cheering when someone on the opposing team misses the ball.  Sometimes a line…

KIDS, TECHNOLOGY AND MANNERS

KIDS, TECHNOLOGY AND MANNERS

As my family and I were driving home from a vacation, I couldn’t help but think about the evolution of family road trips. Not too long ago, kids and parents would all talk to each other during the long car rides. Now, they pile into the car with their cell phones, iPods, iPads in hand and the…

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