Allowing Your Child to Grow Up

They grow up so fast! Every parent knows the heartache of realising their baby is no longer their baby. Allowing your child to grow up, from first words and baby-steps to first sleepovers and driving lessons with loving support and sensible guidance will naturally help them become well rounded and happy individuals. Starting as young as possible with positive reinforcement, consistency and encouragement will give your child the very best start towards a path of self-awareness, confidence and success. As difficult as it may be, your child will need to learn some lessons on their own. While you may want to step in and take over or make decisions for your child, often children will learn from their own mistakes or wrong decisions without a parent intervening. Try not to be over protective by rushing to resolve the problem or situation your child has reached, but rather discuss the outcome of his behaviour and explain what would be a better solution in future. Helping your child to think about their actions and encouraging them to come to their own conclusions will help prepare them for making the right choices as they continue into adulthood. If you’re a parent who would like to learn more about how you can help your children towards success in any area of their life, contact Niche Etiquette Children. There are a range of services available from one-to-one coaching sessions to group etiquette classes that can benefit children ages 7-13 years or the whole family. Don’t wait, start your children off to the best start today!...

Social Etiquette – Interacting With Others

Encouraging Positive Interaction With Others Children all progress very differently to each other, regardless of age or gender. They have their individual characters and temperaments that determine their behaviour toward others in different social settings. It is important to teach  your children that no matter which social setting they find themselves in, they must behave well. Taking into account, of course, that each phase of growth and development in a child’s life brings change; some of which can be confusing, upsetting or tiring, we can help our children by setting realistic expectations.  Here are some tips to help in your crusade to bring out the very best behaviour in your children: Start early and be consistent. Many experts agree that setting reasonable expectations for your children from as early of an age as two will make the process easier on both parent and child. Young children naturally have a desire to please their parents and if you start early in setting an example and keeping your expectations consistent you will find that your child will internalise your expectations and will expect the same for themselves; effectively disciplining themselves. So, start young and be consistent. If you want to raise a child who knows how to sit at a dinner table and eat his/her meal without getting up, running around, being loud, etc., than from an early age you must consistently expect your child to sit at the table until he/she is excused.  If they get up, you put them back. If they raise their voice you stay consistent in expecting them to use their “inside” voices. Practise makes perfect....

Social Etiquette – Keeping Our Children Safe

  Empowering our children with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe.  We live in a crazy time. So much is at our fingertips, whenever and wherever we want it, and it seems there are daily advancements in the world of technology that make our world a smaller place. In light of these changes and constant developments, we must now consider a new approach to teaching our children social etiquette. We are raising our children in a world where “friends” are no longer those they have made at school, but people from all over the world that they may share a common interest with. There is a real need for a new perspective on the way we teach our children how to handle different kinds of social situations. By equipping our children with a modern approach to social etiquette we are teaching them information designed to keep them safe and happy when interacting with the outside world; whether that is a stranger who approaches them as they walk home from school, or someone they engage with online. As a loving parent, it is absolutely natural to worry and to strive to protect your child from the hazards of certain social situations. Here are some examples of safety topics you might discuss with your children. Travelling Alone – When traveling on public transport, teach your children to sit next to other families. This is a simple way to ensure your child won’t be targeted as looking vulnerable.  Also encourage your children to adhere to the same route to and from home every time. Handling Strangers – Teach your children that...

Making a Good First Impression

“You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” The person who deserves credit for this quote is debateable, but whoever it was, clearly understood the importance of presenting ourselves well. We all know first impressions count. What we wear and our deportment communicates who we are to the world. Dressing smartly and appropriately can only have a positive impact on our lives, since those judging us will first form their ideas based on what they see. One’s ability to dress suitably for every occasion will leave a lasting, positive impression. Encouraging our children to dress appropriately can be a challenge. There are times in a child’s life when they are encouraged by their peers to dress according to the trend of the moment. This may be appropriate at certain times, but a parent should have a few rules about what should and should not be worn – there’s nothing wrong with setting a standard for how your family dresses. As children develop their personalities it’s important to support their individuality while also teaching them the value of presenting themselves well. When we empower our children with knowledge and understanding of a subject – any subject – we inevitably are giving them the confidence they need to succeed within it. The knowledge and understanding of the value of dressing appropriately can save your child from awkward social situations as they go through their teen and young adult years and will prepare them well for the many different environments or situations they find themselves in through adulthood. It’s a good idea to emphasize the importance of a...

Dining Etiquette for Children

Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of being in a restaurant, about to eat an exquisite meal, when the children from the table next to ours decide to become loud and unruly. Unfortunately, the same low level of dining etiquette can be seen in adults too (if you need a reminder yourself, take a look at this helpful overview of language, culture, customs and etiquette in the U.K. from Kwintessential). There is nothing worse than having to sit opposite someone when eating a meal who shouts across the table at you, sends their food flying off their plate because they cannot cut a piece of meat properly or continuously slurps their soup for 15 minutes. Where are their manners? Helping your child to understand the importance of great dining etiquette is paramount to good manners. Not only will it make the experience of eating together more enjoyable, but it will also continue to develop your child’s confidence and sense of self-worth. When given the opportunity to learn dining etiquette children will be able to confidently handle social situations appropriately and with ease as they grow older and that’s exactly what we want to help our children achieve, isn’t it? Preparing our children now for a successful future is a top priority! Our children are a reflection of ourselves Children need to learn from an early age how to hold a knife and fork correctly, not to shout out across the table to someone occupying a distant chair or grab the food on their plate with their fingers. In addition to making the children look poorly behaved and uncivilized,...