“Beverly Hills Manners Class” Etiquette for Teens and Tweens

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


7 Responses to ““Beverly Hills Manners Class” Etiquette for Teens and Tweens”

  1. Grace Moller
    March 6, 2008 at 9:14 pm #

    I think such classes are obviously needed – look at our teens and adults of today – even our Fortune 500 and politicians need some training in showing respect for others and some good table skills. Unfortunately, as an interviewer for our company so many MBA we are appalled at their table manners and would never hire them as they have to interface with the client and most business today is done outside the office. Kudos for anyone trying to make a positive difference in a childs or teens life – we sure do need it. We now have two generations of people being clueless in any kind ot table manners or skills. Congrads to your mother for instilling manners to you – but unfortunately, you are the exception.

  2. Vanessa
    March 6, 2008 at 9:35 pm #

    I do agree with you, but I do not think kids and tweens respond well to these types of one-time classes. I think parents should take these classes to then enforce the manners everyday. I am sure the interviewees for your company know the proper table manners but never had anyone to enforce them on a daily basis to make them habits.

    That is very sad.

  3. Grace Moller
    March 6, 2008 at 9:59 pm #

    Of course I agree that a one time class will not bring perfection but they do offer hope and a beginning. Just for a child or even a teen to realize and see there are proper ways of table dining for example, opens the door for further instruction and practice. Just as being exposed to a great painter, the child’s mind is changed forever more – as all etiquette in the end is showing respect for for another human being – the foundation of good character for any person.

  4. Tammy
    April 19, 2008 at 3:22 am #

    You have to look at etiquette as a way to improve confidence and a way to present a better image. We live in a different time. You parents probably had time to cook without microwaving, mailed letters instead of emailing, and waited to get home to talk on the phone instead of using a cell phone too. Well things have changed. We live in a faster paced society and some things we have to learn in a class instead of expecting parents to teach us in our daily lives. Yes, there are some fundamental things parents should teach children, but if you want your kids to be progressive and have a competitive edge – etiquette classes are great.

  5. Mary Warren
    September 13, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Please help me find an etiquette class for my 5 year old grand daughter. I would like a class in my area. . . Pomona, CA or area near my home.

    Thank you.

    Mrs. Mary Warren

  6. Vanessa Van Petten
    September 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm #

    Hi Mary

    I do not know any in your area, but we have an online course coming out soon. Email me if you are interested!


    thank you for reading!



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