January 31, 2020 | Family

I’d like to introduce you to Amy. I met Amy around the same time I met Andy. She was a fun-loving, full-of-energy teenager who always had a giant bow in her hair. She headed to Auburn and became an elementary school teacher. I’m pretty sure parents fought over having their kids in her classes! Amy is an etiquette expert, and I’ve asked her to share some things with you parents, aunts and uncles out there. Enjoy!

With the arrival of each new year comes the anticipation of what we will do differently. It’s a great time to look ahead toward a season of new beginnings and fresh starts. I love to take time during the first month of each year to reflect and think about areas in my life that need a “fresh start”. During my 20 years in the classroom, I would help guide children through the same exercise. What changes could they make to be healthier versions of themselves? Sometimes we get so busy focusing on the physical areas that we forget about a fresh start for ours hearts. If you’ve got a little one at home, I encourage you to add “RESPECT” to your conversations with them. As adults, we often need to be intentional about teaching children how to demonstrate respect by having “others first” hearts. Feel free to share these tips with your child and help remind them of ways to show respect to others throughout the day. 

1. Try greeting your teacher by name. Even add a smile and eye contact! Surprise them by speaking to them before they speak to you. This shows confidence!

2. Right before you open any door, look over your shoulder to see if someone is close behind you. If so, hold the door for them. Allowing them to go before you shows kindness.

3. At lunchtime there always seems to be a race to be first in the lunch line.  Try stepping back and letting someone go ahead of you. This shows an “others first” heart. I promise…you’ll still get to eat!

4. When you see parents or teachers in the hall at school, at the library, or at church, smile and speak to them! If you know their name, call them by name as you speak to them. Speaking to adults shows respect. 

5. Show respect to yourself by making good choices (even when nobody is watching you!) You will be developing your character and people will trust you! 

By showing respect to your teacher, your friends, and yourself, you have the chance to have a fresh start each day.

Amy Rainer has taught boys and girls the art of etiquette, respect and kindness for over 20 years. Today, she offers her curriculum online for in-home use, as well as for group leaders and ambassadors. Please visit www.etiquettewithmissamy.com for more information.

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