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The Manners Pig: A Creative Way to Teach Table Manners

Parents regularly tell me that the highest area of manner “pain” for them is table manners. We eat three meals a day. Even when your kids go off to school […]

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Is there Etiquette Concerning Sharing about our Kids on Social Media?

If you’re living in the 21st century (check.), have kids (check.) and engage with others on any of the various social media platforms (check.), this is a hot topic. It’s […]

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10 Tips to Help Your Student Turn on the Back To School Charm

Parents, you’ll need to share the tips with your student. They will magically turn your youngster into the Belle of the 5th Grade Playground or the Prince Charming of Pre-K. Yes, even middle and high school students can benefit. Tell them you read them somewhere. Claim I’m an expert. Don’t speak them as your words, coming from your parental mouth, or they may not listen. You get it. I get it. I’m a parent too. My kids’ eyes roll just as easily as your kids’ eyes.
Without further ado…..
Ten Tips for Turning on the Charm on the First Day of School… and Always

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Is Holding a Door Open a Gesture of The Past?

The Ins and Outs of Doors Doors. They are everywhere. Aside from “please” and “thank you”  there’s no more common mannerly ground.  But is  holding the door open for others […]

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Graduation Graces

This blog post was originally published two years ago, but due to a recent awesome question asked by a friend, I’m sharing it again. “If I receive a graduation announcement, […]

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Raising Kids To Be Conversationalists

My FAVORITE part of our Valentine dinner is the conversation around the table. We’re all together. No one is running out the door and everyone stays around the table until dessert is gone. But its not just at Valentine’s Day when I appreciate conversation with my kids. It’s always. We know as adults that certain kids are natural conversationalist. You put them in any group of people and they make connections. But for the majority of our young people (and a lot of adults too), becoming a great conversationalist takes practice. Lots of practice, growing out of the often awkward stages of youth and being comfortable in your own skin. It takes confidence. And practice. Practice. Practice. This practice really needs to take place at home. Here are a few resources to support you as you give your child the gift of gab. Make sure you read all the way through. I saved the best for last.

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5 Ways to Absolutely Ruin A Thank You Note

Show of hands…..How many of you still write the old fashion thank you note and mail it via snail mail? Me too, me too! There’s still something very special about […]

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The Kitchen Table

Last week our family of five enjoyed the last meal together at our “old” kitchen table. It was a table that served us well over the past thirteen plus years. As we were eating dinner and talking about the delivery of our new kitchen table, I was hit with a HUGE “AHA!” moment. I had never given much thought to the significance a kitchen table plays in our lives. So here’s my tribute to all the kitchen tables out there:

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Did You Know? #3

Did You Know……The Ins and Outs of Doors As you go through a door, look behind you and notice if another is following you through the doorway. It’s always nice to […]

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Opening Gifts

I heard from so many parents after my last blog about “registering” a gift list for a child’s birthday party and suggesting, via party invite, what particular gift is desired. I always appreciate […]

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Nothing's Finer Than A Fine Young Diner

Use these table manners tips to turn your child into a delightful diner!  Read Kelly’s article as featured in Eastern Home and Travel Magazine.

fine young diner article

Pack Your Manners

Traveling with kids? Read Kelly’s article as published in Eastern Home & Travel

Networking Etiquette: What Do You Know?

Thank you to Team Network for having me as their guest speaker at their Netfast in Rockville, MD. Click on the link to watch our netiquette discussion.

Team Network Netfast

Manners Schmanners! Read Kelly’s Interview in FindIt Frederick!