As parents,we want our children to be well-mannered, but also know it can be difficult for us to convince them to practice the virtues of being polite and respectful.
Life can be crazy enough as it is, juggling schedules, dinner, the laundry, and a part or full-time job.
With poor role models influencing our 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 and Social Skills classes offering fundamentals of positive, respectful behavior and other life skills training are a blessing to many parents.
My Princess Tea Party business has also offered this 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 of taking responsibility regarding their interaction with others.
In other words, what they put out there is what they can expect in return.
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 children 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 now, there is no child whom cannot benefit from it.
It is a firm step in the right direction for parents to do what it takes to instill positive social skills to help their children through life.
My class sizes are usually 8-10 children and fill up quickly after some promotion to give parents a heads up that a new class is forming. The charge per child is normally in the $50 range for a four hour session.
Costs to conduct the sessions are very low, so if you were interested in pursuing a profitable side business enhancing the lives of kids, their parents and teachers alike, 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.
This is a perfect match for busy women who love children. Learn More Here
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