I recently saw this ad:
Beverly Hills Manners presents “Introductory Course” for children
Children Ages 6-12
McCormick & Schmick’s – Beverly Hills
This Saturday, February 23 from 11:00am – 2:00pm
The “Introductory Course” provides an overview into the world of manners and is full of interaction and practice for your child. Children are instructed in all aspects of etiquette and protocol while developing fundamental character-building traits such as respect, compassion and common courtesies. In addition to the instruction, a formal dining tutorial portion is taught covering all rules of table and dining etiquette. A complimentary BHM embroidered t-shirt or tank is also provided as part of the enrollment. Program topics include:
· Etiquette vs. Manners
· First Impressions
· The Art of Introductions
· Telephone Etiquette
· Punchbowl Etiquette
· Table & Dining Skills
· Party Etiquette
· Thank You Notes
Limited space is still available.
Well, I guess I am not that surprised. I do live in Los Angeles, but, really, a Beverly Hills Manner’s class?
Whatever happened to good old-fashioned mom-son-daughter lessons? I did not go to a class on writing thank you notes, but I promise, my parents made me sit and write thank you notes after every single birthday party or present giving holiday. I had dinner and dining table skills classes at every meal. Oh boy, I hate the “take your elbows off the table stuff.”
When did manners and social skills leave family conversation and become a class? I personally believe that you cannot learn these skills in a three-hour class. Well, maybe you can learn them, but they certainly cannot be applied or turned into habit. Manners and etiquette are daily practices and should be taught everyday in the home…if not then I am really mad at my mom for reminding me every day about manners and not just signing me up for this course.
Thank you kindly, for your time reading my blog.
Vanessa Van Petten