By: Maralee McKee, Manners Mentor
Today for your perusal, I offer the first of what will be a semi-regular weekly curation of posts from around the web. I’ve found these posts helpful, inspiring, fascinating, or fun, and I’m happy and excited to share them with you!
Think of it as our own Manners Mentor version of Reader’s Digest, but hipper and more elegant! 🙂
Manners & More From Around the Web
- A coffee shop in Virginia charges you less money if you’re polite. This story proves it literally pays to be polite! And while it’s a good news story, and interesting enough that it was even picked up by “The Daily Mail” newspaper in the United Kingdom, it’s rather sad that people need a financial incentive or reminder just to be plain old nice. Regardless, I say, “Great job!” to the coffee shop for coming up with a clever and encouraging way to put kindness on the forefront of their customers’ minds.
- Here’s a great chart on who to tip and what percentage a small, medium, and big tipper give. It’s interesting to see what amounts other people are tipping. I find that the chart is about right except when it comes to tipping for takeout at a sit-down restaurant. You need to tip at least ten percent, and this is why.
- We go out of our way to make everything just so, but are we doing it for the right reason or because our pride is whispering unkindly in our ear? When I read this post, I thought that the author had gone from preaching to meddling! 😉 I’m guilty as charged more often than I’d like to admit. An eye-opener if you’re like I am — a recovering perfectionist or anything close to one.
- How can we raise our children to become caring, kind, responsible adults? This is exactly what Richard Weissbourd, a Harvard psychologist and founder of the “Making Caring Common” project, sets out to teach parents. Here he shares his top five tips!
- I wrote a book about the etiquette and manners our children need to know to grow into confident and kind adults. It’s doable even in the midst of our modern, casual, techno-focused culture. I share the manners and how to teach them in a way that they’re automatic and authentic for our children. Manners That Matter for Moms was awarded “The Mom’s Choice Gold Award for Excellence in Parenting Books.”
Find of the Week:
Every home needs lots of these 6″ by 6″ white linen hemstitch beverage napkins.
Not only do they make great coasters, they also keep guests’ hands dry when holding their glasses, and act as napkins when eating appetizers. They’re perfect for formal or casual gatherings!
And at only $17.59 (at the time of this writing) for 12, they’re a steal at only $1.47 each!
I bought two packs, and I’m thinking of buying two more for upcoming parties during the holidays.
They’re machine washable and dryable, so easy-peasy!
From Manners Mentor:
- My favorite post on the blog: How to write a heartfelt thank you card and why it really, really, really matters.
- The most-read post this week: Read by over 10,000 people in the last seven days, this post is about some of the best ways to help a friend or loved one who is in the hospital or recovering at home.
- The newest post: When we’ve hurt someone and need to apologize (or we want to know whether the other person’s apology was sincere), here’s how to do it in a way that will help mend hurt feelings and relationships.
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All my best,
takeout, take-out, take out (common alternate spellings)