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Vol. XXV
No. 3

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by MaryAnn Gaver
Encouraging Good Attitudes
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MaryAnn Gaver

Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

—Luke 6:31 (NASB)

What comes to mind when you think about etiquette: impeccable table manners? A list of don’ts?

I suggest that we look at etiquette simply as giving thought and consideration to others and as something that can be taught as well as caught. And it’s best when parents work together in teaching.

Here are some ideas:

  • Start on one area at a time. For instance, this week your family could work on table manners. Next week, focus on phone manners, or showing courtesy in public.
  • Look to Scripture for encouragement and examples of right conduct.
  • Get a book on etiquette and read short sections at a time.
  • Dads, teach your sons how to be gentlemen by putting women and children first, holding the door open, and so on.
  • Moms, follow the example of the Proverbs 31 woman by modeling kindness.

Remember, consideration is the key word. And when in doubt, just recall what our moms taught us—simply be polite.

MaryAnn Gaver and her husband, Jay, have been homeschooling their twin sons for seven years.

Etiquette training can start at the dinner table.

Training with Napkins

My husband and I decided to use cloth napkins at home with our nine children in order to practice “restaurant manners.” We started out with brightly colored cotton washcloths. They are inexpensive and easy to wash and replace, yet give a sense of dressing up the table. Not only did our children learn to use napkins properly (and come up with new ways to decoratively fold them), but they also began to use better manners at the table.

by Tina T. / Winfield, KS

Share Your Tips

This column is designed to feature teaching tips, encouragement, and advice from homeschooling parents.

Our topic for the September/October 2009 issue is “Reasons we homeschool—A fresh look.” Let’s explore the reasons you chose to homeschool, the benefits of teaching at home, and how you maintain the vision to carry on. Send us a brief description (150 words or less). Submissions may be edited for space. Mail submissions to:

Attn: Parent to Parent, HSLDA
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134

Or email us (include “Parent to Parent” in the subject line) at ComDept@hslda.org

Please include your name and address. Submission deadline is 8/7/09.