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Part 1: Good manners
Part 2: Teaching your child
Manners Matter USA

Manners matter !

Part 2: Teaching your child

Teaching your child is pretty straightforward with simple lessons, exercises and ready-made training kits:

Macaroni and Please

"Macaroni and Please" is a tool-kit for parents, caregivers and educators. It was written and designed by The Civility Group Inc. and consists of 30- ten minute manners lessons for children ages 3-7. Included are detailed lesson plans for instructors plus activities, worksheets, and practice exercises for participants. Lessons include everything from basic manners such as making introductions to sleepover etiquette.

Children learn the basic principles of polite behavior and proper social skills that they will use for the rest of their lives. The lessons and activities will engage the students and have them asking for more.

Proud to be Polite

"Proud to be Polite" is an in-depth reference for the basics of etiquette for children ages 5-12. Materials were developed by The Civility Groups Inc., with excerpts contributed by Louise Fox Protocol Solutions, to help optimize a child's social confidence. This material is a perfect supplement to both the "Macaroni and Please" and "Confidence is Cool" programs. Topics are arranged into three sections: Respect, First Impressions and Communication Skills.

Once children learn basic manners, parents and teachers can build on this understanding to teach children how to behave in a range of social settings, how to manage conflict, and how to show kindness and consideration for others.

Confidence is Cool

"Confidence is Cool" is a comprehensive 40 hour curriculum based on The Civility Group's Confidence Camp. Materials are intended for youth ages 8-12. Topics are organized into five sections: Attaining Confidence, What Does Confidence Look Like, Situational Confidence, Dining and Party Confidence, and a Review section.

Ages 8-12 can be a complicated age for children and understanding what is expected in social settings can help build their confidence. Studies suggest that children who are confident socially have higher moral IQ - in other words, they are better equipped to do what is right, with or without guidance.

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