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- Eye contact (the first one that comes to mind from watching even college students interact with authority)
- Eating with mouth closed. Elbows off the table. Please and thank you.
- How to properly greet someone. Both in person and on the phone.
- How to make simple, polite conversation.
- How to graciously accept a compliment.
- Interrupting adults talking....or any one for that matter.
- To say thank you when a waiter gives you something.
- Teach them that adults are called Mr. and Mrs.!
- Meeting adults' eyes when they greet her (especially in church).
- Waiting to eat until everyone is seated and served. Also not using electronics during a conversation.
- Manners for the flag, ie. stand when it passes in a parade. phone etiquette
- Hats off indoors.
- Waiting your turn. Both in line and when it's time to talk.
In preparation for this class that I will be teaching, I have been more aware of my manners and the manners people are using/not using around me. I recently worked a booth at our county fair. We had a spin-the-wheel game for the children. I was surprised by the lack of manners that I saw from the children. There were so many children that simply collected their prize and left, without bothering to say a simple "thank you". It saddened me to see such a simple and everyday manner go unused.
Where have we failed? Why is it culturally acceptable to not use manners, when etiquette used to be a such a major part of culture? What manners do you see missing?