Introduce Protocol and Good Socials Skills to your Children

The holiday season is upon us. There will be plenty of opportunities to introduce protocol to our young people.  Here is a list to get you started.  I recommend that you make a game of these skills.  Attach points so that the children may work toward some kind of prize.  If they achieve a certain number of points by Christmas, offer an additional much-desired gift as a reward. This will make the skills fun and educational.

  1. Practice standing up straight.
  2. Practice sitting up straight at the table and bringing food to your mouth.
  3. Put a napkin on your lap.
  4. Hold a door for a lady (males) or say thank you for a door being held (females).
  5. Visit with family members for at least 15-30 minutes (must make conversation and make eye contact). Extra points for a grandparent.
  6. Introduce yourself to an adult and thank them for having you in their home.
  7. Stop and make eye contact when someone speaks to you.
  8. Practice answering people in full sentences.  No one word answers.
  9. Ask to be excused from the table.
  10. Write a thank-you note or two.
  11. Participate in a charitable organization.
  12. No cell phones at the table.
  13. Get dressed up for a dinner or event. 
  14. Do something nice for someone without them knowing.  (Anonymously!)
  15. Volunteer for a charity of some kind.

Bring the gift of good manners to every home you visit. Happy Holidays!!!!

Colleen Harding

Colleen Harding is the founder of the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol.  She has two certifications from the American School of Protocol, one in traditional etiquette and the other in corporate training.  Coleen is an active volunteer for the Westside Catholic Center and St. Raphael Women’s Guild and a Village Foundation Board Member.

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