The Value of Etiquette and Life Skills Training for Young Children

Lisa Zakar

Good Manners are essential for every child’s self- confidence and success in life.

We all want our children to be well-mannered, but also know it can be hard to convince them to practice the virtues of being polite and respectful

Life can be crazy enough as it is, juggling kids, schedules, dinner, the laundry, and a part or full-time job.

With poor role models influencing your children every day on television, the internet, and right beside them in the classroom, you could use some help and guidance to keep your kids on the right path to good behavior.

Etiquette classes offering fundamentals of solid behavior and other life skills training are a blessing to many parents. My Princess Tea Party business has offered this etiquette service for many years with great success as measured by the amount of repeat and referral business I receive.

Normally this type of training is geared to younger children, ages 6+, focusing on the basic building blocks of appropriate behavior in social situations. It introduces the younger child to the idea that there is a cause and effect relationship regarding their interaction with others.

At Lisa Rose for example, we use a “Manners are Cool” approach. Right off the bat we are developing a rapport with the children in a way they can embrace, making it fun for the kids as they learn by doing.

Once you establish that it’s cool to do this, which isn’t hard really, they are eager to learn and the value and benefit of what we are trying to teach them is easier to get across. In my case it is “Look, Listen, and Lead.”

As children prepare to attend pre – or elementary school, it’s a good time to work with them on how to interact with others. A good beginners Etiquette training should teach the basics of:

• Why manners are important
• How to address the teacher and/or administrator
• Positive First Impressions
• Introductions and greetings
• Interaction with adults
• Eye contact
• Body language
• Table Manners
• Social interaction with peers
• Kindness and respect toward others

The benefits are that the child has enhanced awareness of personal behavior, better classroom and at home behavior, development of social skills to create positive first impressions, and successful listening and communication skills.

For young child, en this is a very positive foundation from which to grow. It may not insulate them completely from negative influences, however it enables them to recognize good behavior from bad and a make a good choice.

The ability for a child to present themselves and behave in a positive, respectful manner has a tremendous impact not only on a growing child’s self- confidence, but also on family and classroom dynamics.

I love getting feedback from parents on how family cohesiveness has improved and how things have changed for the better as a result of our sessions.
When children are calmly taught to understand what a first impression is and how it influences friendships and the way their teachers or potential new friends first perceive them, oftentimes the light goes on and they use what they’ve learned as a starting point to develop positive relationships.

As children practice what they are taught in the sessions, they begin to develop habits of being considerate, understanding, and respectful of others. They learn to share and respect the space of others including family members as well as when they are guests outside the home.

As adults, you know how difficult it is to prosper in today’s world. You can only imagine what it will be like when today’s young children are up to bat. If a parent can provide for Etiquette and Life Skills training, there is no child who cannot benefit from it.

It is a positive step in the right direction for parents to put into practice the foundation of social etiquette to help them through life..

My class sizes are usually 8-10 children and fill up quickly after promoting. The charge per child is normally in the $50 range for a four hour session. Costs to conduct the sessions are very low, so you see how you can produce a very nice supplemental income. No prior business experience is necessary, but you will need to employ common sense and love for working with kid children.

You don’t need much to be in business in no time. I offer the complete, start to finish, step by step Etiquette training handbook for you to conduct your class. Aside from your dining table, place settings, and very light food prep, it’s all you need to get your business going.

This is a perfect match for busy women who love children. You can secure the use of the Lisa Rose method of “Manners are Cool” at

Lisa Zakar is a wife and mother of 3. She is the owner of Lisa Rose, a popular Princess Tea Party venue. She has an 18- year track record in the Princess Tea Party business. Lisa Rose is an award winning party venue with Best of Honolulu/children’s parties/Honolulu Magazine, and, Winner of Best Children’s Parties/Island Parent Magazine. Lisa Rose has locations in Honolulu.

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