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The 5 Manners of Dealing with Difficult People

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By: Maralee McKee~ We all know a few difficult people. What is it with them? You’re quietly and happily going about your business and they sweep across your day or your life with a tornado of fault finding, pot stirring, can’t-be-pleased-no-matter-what negativity that leaves you feeling stressed, dismayed and sometimes even hopeless. As my grandmother use to say when she came across  a difficult person “When they die they’re going to be complaining about the weather in Heaven!” I think my precious Grandma nailed it! If it’s a rude store clerk, cab driver, or restaurant server, we can give them a double dose of graciousness and kindness to try to win them over from the dark side. If that doesn’t work, we say goodbye and find solace in the fact that we won’t have to deal with them again. Yet, what if the difficult person is someone close to us: an in-law, boss, co-worker, neighbor, sibling, parent, friend, (Maybe that makes them a “friendemey.”) or anyone else that we can’t choose to ignore? In these cases it’s time to bring out the gold standard (manners) for living out the golden rule. Without it, we aren’t going to have much of…    Read More …

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The Best Way to Teach Your Child Manners

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By: Maralee McKee

Note: Please read the post before watching the video. You'll enjoy the video more! 

Behind every child who grows into a great adult is a great mom. Be that mom! Awarded the Mom's Choice Gold Award for Excellence in Parenting BooksManners That Matter for Moms is THE book that will show you how. You'll discover with every turn of the page how to teach your child the manners that matter for a successful life. In honor of the book's anniversary, it gives me great joy to share the official book trailer for    Read More …
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Manners for When You or Someone You Know Is Sick

By: Maralee McKee Today's question is one we all need to know how to best answer. Because, whether it's something common like the flu or a dire announcement from the oncologist, our life, or that of someone we care about, is going to be altered either for a season or eternally by illness. Illness tends to strike quickly, and when it does, we're thrown off balance. In the midst of it is not the time to wrestle with what to do. The best time to know how to graciously help a friend who's battling illness, or how to accept or decline...    Read More …
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The 7 Manners of Mother’s Day for Moms and Everyone

The 7 Manners of Mother's Day for Moms and Everyone By: Maralee McKee Mother's Day is one that brings up different emotions for us depending on our situation and stage in life. This weekend I'll be with my mom enjoying the fifteenth anniversary of our mother-daughter tradition. The day before Mother's Day we celebrate together at our favorite tea room The Windsor Rose in the quaint town of Mt. Dora, FL about an hour outside of my home in Orlando. When we began in 1999, Marc, my oldest, was two-years-old. The afternoon spent away from home gifted me with a fantastic break as well...    Read More …
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Surprising Manners for Eating Chicken and Corn-on-the-Cob

  By: Maralee McKee Summer is around the corner, and the  block is short. I know this because Corbett, my youngest, tells me everyday (multiple times) how many days he has until his homeschool co-op begins summer break. (In case you're dying of curiosity about this, as he assumes everyone is, it's sixteen days, and that includes weekends!) Marc,  my oldest, has an additional week of his co-op, but for both of them, as I'm sure it is for your children, summer vacation is so close they're almost bursting with anticipation for the sleeping-in and staying-up-late, the no-rush mornings, and eating some...    Read More …
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What to Do When Someone is Paying Attention to Their Cell Instead of You

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By: Maralee McKee The awkward first date nerves of the couple on the reality TV show were apparent. Their conversation was slow as they thought hard of the next thing to say. They discussed the menu for a loooong time. The man sheepishly complimented his date on her dress. She refuted his compliment with some form of "This old thing!" It was hard to watch, and I was about to turn the channel when the man's cell phone beside him on the table began to vibrate. After a moment, his ringtone of Adam Levine and Marron 5's Moves Like Jagger began...    Read More …
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Elbows On the Table, Have the Manners Changed? Yep!


 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...    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?

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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