What the Childfree and Single-Child Parents Share

A mother of an only child recently wrote me about the top five "bingos" she has received as a "Done at One," or DAO.  They are more related to what's behind a lot of bingos the childfree get than you might think. Here they are:Top 5 Bingos to the DAO1. You only had ONE child? Why didn't you want more?...more
Love this article.  I have an Only.  This article and the comments have enlightened me and ...more

Wedding Invitation Name Etiquette

www.TheFeministBride.comI adore the New York Times and I love me a good party, but even more so I am pedantic about honoring people’s surnames. So I was particularly dismayed when Phillip Galanes answered in a NYT’s Social Q’s column to a C. Z., San Francisco that they should by no means be concerned about their spouses poor invitation etiquette, “Your neighbors will be far happier to be invited than distraught by Hubby’s inability to spell Frances. (Or is it Francis?)” Galanes idea of invitation etiquette is probably the worst advice two people planning a wedding and writing their invitations could possibly follow.  Galanes probably has no clue what problems he is contributing to in his response....more

Divorce Etiquette: Don't Ask Me About it. It's Rude.

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7 Ways to Be the Best Guest

By Tara Riceberg, Guest Contributor – Party Planning & EntertainingIt is often believed that the success of a party depends upon the host. This is not entirely true. A great event is a combination of an inspired host and a considerate guest. As Labor Day approaches and the NFL kicks off the fall party season, here are some simple rules to ensure that you’ll be a fantastic guest....more

Yoga Etiquette (Terri's version) written by Terri M.

After 5 years of practicing yoga I have decided that I need to create some yoga etiquette based on my experiences. I decided this today while standing in line at the gym for the 10:30 a.m. yoga class. I decided this because, today, I wasn’t so much in that yoga mind set before class. There was no yin or yang, no OM, no embracing the moment….uh huh, not today! We share a room with each other, 25 to 30 of us, for one hour. We breathe, sweat, groan and stretch all within the boundaries of our mats. It is a time of peace, meditation, deep breathing, relaxing and setting intentions. ...more
Thanks for the great tips! I do hate it when people feel the need to chat during practice (like ...more

The Art of the Introduction

We talk a great deal about how important first impressions are in business, but suggestions are almost universally spelled out for our own self-improvement, leaving out how we affect the first impressions that others make through our introductions. A bad introduction can cripple a conversation, and sour relationships, whereas a good one can make a conversation not only informative, but useful, as it can lead you and people around you to a world of opportunities down the line. ...more
@IdeaGov, assuming they knew how to be people to begin with!more

Tips for Teaching Children Table Manners

Table manners are about being kind and considerate to other people. Teaching your children table manners is not always easy, but it is an important skill that will benefit them throughout their lives....more
My grandmother was very formal so we were trained since we were very young the proper use of ...more

Pretty Women

 I went shopping today.  Those of you who know me will understand why I am now sitting with my feet up, wondering why I was ever born. I am not a shopper.  Even if I had some money, I still wouldn't be a shopper.  Well, unless you count Amazon; THERE I am a shopper.  The prices are better and there are no crowds.Today's jaunt, however, was for milk and bread, which Amazon doesn't have.  Hence, I went shopping....more

Teaching Chivalry: We Are Doing It

As soon as W began to properly form words, I began the introduction of manners. I didn't care how well he was able to say the word but I wanted to emphasize the intention. If he wanted an object I wanted him to say "please." Upon receiving the object, I wanted him to say "thank you." If he hurt someone, intentionally or not, I wanted him to say that he was "sorry." Please. Thank you. Sorry. Those are the basic and elementary manners that I am working with right now, the foundation for which I hope to build a true and sincere form of etiquette. ...more

As long as your are not teaching your son to treat girls (women) with more courtesy than you ...more

Ettiquette 101

I have a question for you.  Do you write thank you notes?  Do you send out graduation invites, wedding announcements, birth announcements, birthday cards, etc?  Do you expect them?  I've written about writing letters before as I love to write and continue to write to friends and my pen pal for nearly 40 years.  Somewhere in my upbringing I learned from my grandmother the importance and proper way of these things.  Granny taught me how to set a proper table and how to iron your pillow cases and sheets.  I was taught manners; no elbows on the table, napkin i...more