Feeling at Ease in Social Settings
By Lynn Murtagh-Hartje
In light of this, I recently had the opportunity to enroll my sixth grade son in a Junior Assembly Etiquette Program. This 8-week program will reinforce many of our home lessons and includes: learning skills of etiquette, how to make introductions, what to do when escorting another person or when you are being escorted, conversation skills, how to discuss difficult topics, how to be a good host, how to write thank you notes, table manners, telephone etiquette, and much more.
The young participants in this class will also learn basic dances such as the waltz, tango and swing.
Though my son is a willing participant in this program, I am much more excited than he is about what he will be learning. It was a thrill for a set of 30 parents as we dropped off our preteens who were "dressed for success".
I encourage all teachers and parents to
not be too casual in teaching social skills to children of all ages. We can
give our children a great life-long gift by equipping them to know how to
feel at ea
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