Melenie Broyles: Children Speaking to Adults
(STLMoms) – Do your kids embarrass you when you’re around other adults? Do they know how to answer questions properly?
Melenie Broyles with Etiquette Saint Louis wants to get back to the basic lesson in how to carry on a conversation.
Here are some of Melenie’s tips:
1. Teach them to look at adults and listen to the question.
2. Respond with more than yes or no.
3. Give a real answer- Do you like school? I love school, spelling is my favorite or It is ok, I love recess.
4. Teach them to speak up so others can hear them.
5. When things are discussed at home that are private, teach them some things are not meant to be shared. Teachers always tell stories about what kids say at school from home.
6. Say hello to adults when the enter a room.
7. Do not let them run away. I stop my kids and say, I am sorry you forgot to say hello Mrs. Ellisor. I bring them back and we try it again. It is the only way they learn.
8. Encourage the Mr. or Mrs.- unless told otherwise.