Is honesty the best policy?

Is honesty the best policy?

Kids can be brutally honest at times, and sometimes it can be considered inappropriate. With the holidays upon us, take the time to think about how your child responds to people when they are given a gift.  Does your child remember to say thank you on their own?  Do they write thank you notes and understand the importance of them? How does your child handle the gifts they receive that they don’t particularly like?

The holidays are a great time to teach your children a life lesson on being gracious and respectful to others. Prepare your child before it’s too late and they make the mistake of not showing their appreciation for gifts. Talk to your child about the time and effort that go into buying or making a present for someone and how they would feel if they gave their friends a gift and they responded ungraciously. No doubt their feelings would be hurt.

I’m not saying your child needs to lye about liking a gift, just tell them to try to find something positive about the gift. Perhaps it’s a great color, or it’s the perfect size to fit in their school backpack? It’s a simple gesture that will give the gift giver a sense of appreciation for their thoughtfulness. Remind them that if they do act unappreciatively and forget to say thank you, people will not want to give them a gift ever again.

Lastly, remind your kids that just because they say thank you in person, doesn’t mean that they are off the hook for writing a thank you note. In this day and age of emails and voicemails, a personally handwritten note always goes a long way.

Authored by: Kari Doody

Certified etiquette trainer Kari Doody, owner of Courteous and Cool etiquette School here in the South bay, is teaching kids, tweens and teens manners for the modern world. As a mother of three children, she understands the daily issues we all face as parents. The world may be constantly evolving but , but the basic principals of etiquette still hold strong and true. For more information visit Courteous and Cool Etiquette School.

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