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If you can't be kind, be quiet by Parents' Choice Foundation

June 13, 2016

Etiquette, manners, and civility are qualities and behaviors that are important to teach and to practice. And in this world of texting and social media, these social skills go far beyond using the right fork.

Not to sound like a greeting card, but saying something nice is the first step in doing something nice. From the essential “please” and “thank you” and not whining to get your way, to not excluding a classmate from a lunch table just because she likes snakes, to complimenting a neighbor’s flower garden—kindness, good manners, and civility are always in fashion.

Look below for a list of cooperative games that help build strong social skills, listen to a "manners guru" talk about the importance of getting Downton Abbey's manners right, refresh your Edwardian etiquette, explore the links in our Writing Round-up, and watch a journey to rediscover the written word.


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