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Elbows On the Table, Have the Manners Changed? Yep!

Manners Mentor Q&A, Caller I.D.

   By: Maralee McKee Hello! The weekend is almost upon us. I hope you have something fun planned for yours! If you’d like your weeks to fly by so that weekends come around quickly, and you’re anything like me, I suggest you take up blogging. You see, I’m a slow writer. The words drip out like a faucet with a tiny leak. Blip…Blop…Blip……………………..Blop. A sentence can take 20-minutes. I don’t write in paragraphs. I write in syllables. By the time I finish Monday’s mentoring post. It’s time to start Thursday’s Q&A. No complaints. I love sharing my passion for turning self-consciousness into self-confidence and passing along skills that let us shape the way others perceive, interact and respond to us. I also love mentoring people and watching their authentic best emerge transforming them into who they were always meant to be. I’m blessed to be living out my purpose. If you feel led, say a prayer for me that the words will come in spurts more like a geyser and less like a barely dripping faucet. It’s time to start my next Manners Mentor writing project, and I need between 45,000 and 60,000 words to flow forth in just several…    Read More …

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7 Savvy Manners for Writing Thank You Notes After Saying Thanks

  By: Maralee McKee Greetings and Happy Monday! I hope your Easter weekend was blessed and memory-making in every good way! If you were on the receiving end of a meal or gift this past weekend, writing your host a thank-you note might be in order. ~ How do you know for sure? ~ If a thank you note is expected, when is it "due?" A reader emailed me the question below. She wanted to know about sending a thank you note after eating Easter dinner at a friend's house. But, the heart of the matter keeps the manners the same after any meal...    Read More …
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Caller I.D. Etiquette, Should You Call Back Missed Calls?

Manners Mentor Q&A, Caller I.D.

By: Maralee McKee Hello my friend and welcome to Q & A Thursday! Today's question is about caller I.D. etiquette and involves something that's happened to all of us more than once. I especially like this question because the person who wrote it was kind enough to not only email me her thanks for answering, she also shared the follow-up of what happened next. It's interesting, I've answered over 1,500 manners questions via email. What would you guess is the percentage of people who write me back to say thank you? If you guessed one percent, you'd be right. Yep, just one percent. I'm...    Read More …
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The Top Eleven Manners of Graduation for Guests and Graduates

By: Maralee McKee A surprise arrived in my mail; it was a high school graduation announcement from a precious young lady. I remember the day she was born! I also remember her attending one of my children’s etiquette courses when she was no more than eight or nine. I held her announcement in disbelief. I keep thinking, “It just can’t be that she grew up that quickly.” If you have a child who’s already graduated, you’ll know much better than I, but the insurance TV commercial from several years ago was right, wasn't? “Life comes at you fast!”    Read More …
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Q&A’s: Too Many Gifts to Buy & How to Congratulate Your Boss

By: Maralee McKee I pray today's Q&A Thursday finds you in the midst of a great week! Can you believe that tomorrow is Friday? I hope you have some fun planned for this weekend. I find I schedule every day so fully that I forget to have fun. I don't know yet what "fun" is going to look like this weekend. However, I've made a promise to myself that it's going to be on the McKee family agenda. Yep, sometimes you have to schedule fun, but scheduling doesn't make it any less enjoyable in the midst of it or less memorable...    Read More …
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A New Feature For You Because You Wanted It! And, Win a $600 Mother’s Ring!

By: Maralee McKee Hello and Happy Thursday! "Wait, Maralee." you say with a reassuring voice because you know I'm confused. Plus, you're kind. Instead of being angry, you're worried about the health of my current mental state. "Today is Monday, not Thursday. You remember! Don't you? Your posts are called "Monday Manners with Maralee" and this is your post, so today is defintitly Monday." Well, not to worry. I'm fine! Today is a dress rehearsal for a new feature of the Manners Mentor blog that will happen for you every Thursday starting this week. Allow me to share it with you!

Q&A Thursday's

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The Five Manners for Opening Every Door


By: Maralee McKee There's more to opening a door than turning the knob or holding it for the next person. That's why when you know the five specific manners of opening doors you unlock a lot. "A lot of what" you ask? The answer: goodwill, graciousness, and great possibilities! There's just something nice about someone holding a door open for you. Don't you think? And have you ever held the door open for someone, and they didn't say thank you? It's the worst. That's because the person isn't holding up their end of the unwritten social code we all know (and appreciate): hold the...    Read More …
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How You Can Discipline Someone Else’s Child Without Hurting Your Relationship

By: Maralee McKee We all want our children to experience the magical joy of friendships where they come together and make lifetime memories by creating a world of imaginative play. The magic doesn't occur just because children happen to be playing together. Finding great friends is a little like dating in the adult world. It takes a few (or more) attempts until a good match is found. Do the children have similar temperaments? Do they both enjoy active or leisure play more? Do they find the same types of games fun? The boy who wants to build and engineer toys and the...    Read More …
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Want to Be a Great Friend When Someone is In the Hospital?

By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor As a patient, time moves at an other-worldy pace in the hospital. One day and night in Room 777 at St. Angels of Healing seems five times longer than one vacation day in the Bahamas, and at least twice as long as a bad day at work, or one spent with toddler triplets cranky with colds. When we're in the hospital we are definitely not at our best. We're usually scared or at least feeling anxious, and we're longing for the comfort of the familiar: Our family Our friends Our home. While friends can be a big part of...    Read More …
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