Friday, March 25, 2016

Young Girl's Tea Etiquette and Good Manners Program!

Program goals:
 To teach both children and young adults the fundamentals of social etiquette and dining skills.

Long term goals: 
To introduce etiquette to young girls and young women, ages 6 to 18 years old.
Also offer an extensive range of programs that include charm classes, beauty pageant training as well as etiquette classes.

 To establish a non-profit foundation that focuses on bringing etiquette to everyone across the city.

Program for 6 to 11-year old girls

 You are enjoying your meal with your family when it happens: a very loud child is throwing a very loud tantrum. It has been my questionable "joy" to observe that with each time I eat out that the dining habits of the younger set grows worse and worse. Sincerely, there are manners that even the youngest of children can learn.

Please and Thank You.
This is one of the simplest of manners to use and it is, in my opinion the one that is least used by the under-10 set. Setting a good example at home, insisting that they say "thank you" and "please" in the appropriate situations, both at home and abroad.

Sir and/or Ma’am. 
When addressing someone in authority over them, a younger person should always address them as Sir, if the person is male, or Ma’am if the person is female.
“Would you like a cookie?”
“Yes, Ma’am.’’

Dinning/Tea Etiquette.
Even the smallest of children can be taught to chew their food slowly and with lips closed. From personal experience I can tell you how disconcerting and off putting it can be to observe a child eating loudly, smacking their lips and making gobbling and slurping sounds.

 Sitting quietly at the table.

Children by their very nature are not designed to be quiet or still, therefore, expecting them to remain silent at the table is often not practical. However, insisting that the child stay seated, is.
 Once at the table, the child should be encouraged to ask for permission to leave the table, asking “May I be excused?” If the child is younger than 5, this may not be possible, but it is within all possibilities that this child learn to stay at the table until his or her parents tell them it is okay to get up.
 Allowing the child to stand on the seats in the restaurants, to run up and down the aisles as well as around the table is unacceptable, and should not be condoned at home.

Program for 12-18 years old girls:

At a time when young people spend more time with computers than with people,  this program offers social etiquette, communications skills, and table manners. They will learn such basic skills as introductions, common courtesies, telephone etiquette, and how to set a table.

 The program focuses on socialization and is designed to increase confidence and self-esteem. The girls will learn Proper Introductions, Correct Handshakes, Eye contact, Dining skills, Telephone Etiquette, Thank You Notes, Conversation skills, Posture, Interview skills, What to wear, Fashion Tips and so much more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A Salute To Women History Month

March is Women History Month, so I salute a great literary delight.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning (née Moulton-Barrett, (6 March 1806 – 29 June 1861) was one of the most prominent English poets of the Victorian era, popular in Britain and the United States during her lifetime.
Born in County Durham, the eldest of 12 children, Elizabeth Barrett wrote poetry from about the age of six. Her mother's collection of her poems forms one of the largest collections extant of juvenilia by any English writer. At 15 she became ill, suffering intense head and spinal pain for the rest of her life. Later in life she also developed lung problems, possibly tuberculosis. She took laudanum for the pain from an early age, which is likely to have contributed to her frail health.

In the 1830s Elizabeth was introduced to literary society through her cousin, John Kenyon. Her first adult collection of poems was published in 1838 and she wrote prolifically between 1841 and 1844, producing poetry, translation and prose.
Elizabeth's volume Poems (1844) brought her great success, attracting the admiration of the writer Robert Browning. Their correspondence, courtship and marriage were carried out in secret, for fear of her father's disapproval. Following the wedding she was indeed disinherited by her father. The couple moved to Italy in 1846, where she would live for the rest of her life. They had one son, Robert Barrett Browning, whom they called Pen. She died in Florence in 1861.
A collection of her last poems was published by her husband shortly after her death.

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