My father was a tough Texas man who ruled firmly and raised his kids with high expectations. From a very young age we were taught manners and we were expected to use them at all times. We learned how to greet people properly, to introduce ourselves and master a cordial greeting. There were times that it seemed like harsh lessons as a kid but now as an adult I can appreciate his teachings. When we ate at restaurants we had to clean-up after we finished eating. We weren't allowed to rush into people's houses or raid their refrigerators. If adults came over to visit my parents we knew not to interrupt their conversation. I credit my father for many of my social skills. He wasn't rich or college educated, but he carried himself with pride and respect.
A well mannered child is truly a good reflection on the parent. Etiquette changes through the centuries and decades, and they will continue to evolve. There are lots of areas in our life where old etiquette rules still apply, but we need to balance them out to suite the 21st century. With social media being the norm for most people, learning about media etiquette is vitally important. Etiquette training can start as young as 2 years old with simple lessons of "thank you" and "please". Teenagers can really benefit from etiquette in order to help preserve their personal values. I have tried to raise my 2 teen kids with the same type of values and manners that my father taught me. I'm blessed because they are very well behaved and considerate, and I attribute that to the teachings of my father. Much credit must also be given to Mrs. Emily Post. She shared her love for social conduct throughout the world and set a foundation for people to follow.
Emily Post was born in Baltimore, Maryland on October 27, 1872 educated by governesses and at private schools in Baltimore and New York. She spent her summers at Bar Harbor and Tuxedo Park, which her father Bruce Price, a prominent architect, had been commissioned to design and develop. The season of her debut Emily Price met Edwin Post, her husband-to-be, at a ball in one of Fifth Avenue’s elegant mansions. Following a fashionable wedding and a honeymoon tour of the Continent, Mrs. Post’s first home was in New York’s Washington Square. After publication in 1922, her book, “Etiquette”, topped the nonfiction bestseller list, and the phrase "according to Emily Post" soon entered our language as the last word on the subject of social conduct.