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Correcting Others: How, When, and When Not to Correct Someone

Correcting Others: How, When, and When Not to Correct Someone

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor “It is much easier to be critical than to be correct.” ~Benjamin Disraeli Nit-picking—it seems to almost be a national sport the way some folks participate in it so frequently and enthusiastically. Sometimes when people speak, sadly, their words seem more spit out than thought out.  These are the words of the “correctors,” “nit-pickers” and “accusers.” Correcting others over small things is rarely called for, it seldom wins anyone friends, and on the rare occasion when it is called for, it’s tricky to accomplish politely. For these reasons, it’s important to know how, when and when not to correct someone. We have a family member who has mistakenly pronounced Miami as—”My-am-a” her whole life. Do we correct her? No way! Now 90-years-old, and a Florida native and life-long resident, she enjoyed visiting Miami many times. She no longer travels, but the word comes up fairly often in conversation because she delights in sharing stories about visiting there when she and her late husband were newlyweds, and after World War II when they would vacation in beautiful “My-am-a” with their two young sons. I was told that years ago, family members would correct her, “Aunt Sarah…    Read More …

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Should We Still Say, “Yes, Ma’am!” and “No, Sir.”

The New Use of Honorifics By: Maralee McKee "I'll be waiting to pick you up!" I assured Marc. "I'll be standing right here when you get out!" He shifted his backpack, gave me a nervous smile, and said, "Yes, ma'am. I'll be glad to see you!" It was the first day of a new school year and my oldest son's first day ever at his former home school co-op. Nervously, he pushed open the heavy door to the auditorium where all the students gathered first class. The freshly painted metal door shut hard behind him, separating me from my boy. He knew no one - and, being shy, he...    Read More …
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How to Use Your Smartphone Without Annoying Anyone

How To Use Your Smartphone Without Annoying Anyone By: Maralee McKee People email me a lot of questions. Until recently, my in-box was overflowing with queries and complaints about the problems that arise because no one RSVP's. It's sad, but I think people have given up hope that others will be courteous enough to let them know if they should prepare a place at their party for them. Maybe it's because I've shared the etiquette of it in posts like this one and this quick one,...    Read More …
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How to Make A Great First Impression: The Five-Step Formula

How to Make a Great First Impression   By: Maralee McKee Knowing how to make a great first impression is probably the number one topic of importance in all of etiquette land. That's because it puts you in charge of not only the way you present yourself to the world, it also determines the ways others think about, respond to, and interact with you. And, it all happens in the blink of an eye. Psychologists and sociologists differ a little on exactly how long it takes for someone to form an opinion of us.  They argue for anything from three-seconds to thirty-seconds. The vast majority of professionals place the amount of...    Read More …
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Five Ways to Be a Fantastic Godmother

Five Ways to Be a Fantastic Godmother   You were asked to be the Godmother of your dear friend's baby. When first asked, you were humbled, surprised and a little anxious. Mostly though, you were happy and honored! Since denominations and churches have different guidelines on who can and can't be a Godparent, ranging from "no guidelines at all" to a lengthy list of personal and spiritual prerequisites, you did your research online and then contacted the church personally to double check. All was well, and you said yes to the parents. The ceremony was meaningful! The reception was memorable! Ava's parents loved the perfect "Godmother" gifts you gave her. Something for...    Read More …
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The Top 7 Courtesies of Happy Homes

Happy Families Leo Tolstoy began Anna Karenina with his famous line, “All happy families resemble one another….” He struck truth. Families that define themselves as “happy” share certain characteristics: standards for interacting with one another (manners) and agreed upon ways of doing so, (etiquette) and they’ve made these courtesies habit. Are the courtesies stuffy or old-fashioned? Nope! Are the courtesies personality suppressing? Yikes, No! Are the habits the same for the adults and children in the home? Yep! (That's because, “Do as I say not as I do.” is hypocritical, and it doesn’t work.) How do these courtesies make a difference?  They raise the happiness quotient in our...    Read More …
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The 5 Manners of Dealing with Difficult People

The  5  Manners  for Dealing with Difficult People - By: Maralee McKee~ We all know a few difficult people. What is it with them? You're quietly and happily going about your business and they sweep across your day or your life with a tornado of fault finding, pot stirring, can't-be-pleased-no-matter-what negativity that leaves you feeling stressed, dismayed and sometimes even hopeless. As my grandmother use to say when she came across  a difficult person "When they die they're going to be complaining about the weather in Heaven!" I think my precious Grandma nailed it! If it's a rude store clerk, cab driver, or restaurant server, we can give them a double dose of graciousness and...    Read More …
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The Best Way to Teach Your Child Manners

Teaching the Values That Matter Most -  

By: Maralee McKee

Note: Please read the post before watching the video. You'll enjoy the video more! 

Behind every child who grows into a great adult is a great mom. Be that mom! Awarded the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Excellence in Parenting BooksManners That Matter for Moms is THE book that will show you how. You'll discover with every turn of the page how to teach your child the manners that matter for a successful life. In honor of the book's anniversary, it gives me great joy to share the official book trailer for    Read More …
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Manners for When You or Someone You Know Is Sick

By: Maralee McKee Today's question is one we all need to know how to best answer. Because, whether it's something common like the flu or a dire announcement from the oncologist, our life, or that of someone we care about, is going to be altered either for a season or eternally by illness. Illness tends to strike quickly, and when it does, we're thrown off balance. In the midst of it is not the time to wrestle with what to do. The best time to know how to graciously help a friend who's battling illness, or how to accept or decline...    Read More …
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