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Manners and Me: An Easy-Peasy Guide for Kids and the Grown Ups Who Love Them Review by Crystal LavadourNancy Dorrier
16250 Knoll Trail Dr., Suite 205
Dallas, Texas 75248
“Kids these days have no manners!” Generation after generation seems to bemoan the behavior of those coming up behind them. Today is no different. Even though I work with my son on a regular basis to help keep him from being the subject of such comments, we can always use more resources to help teach polite, courteous behavior. I found the book Manners and Me: An Easy-Peasy Guide for Kids and the Grown Ups Who Love Them by Nancy Dorrier made for a fun introduction to a sometimes-boring subject.
This not an etiquette book. You will not find how to set a table or properly open a revolving door. It is more about being polite and considerate during interactions with others. Some of the topics covered include listening, communicating, patience, promptness, gratitude, and helpfulness.
I had planned to read and discuss one of the 10 lessons occasionally over dinner. However, my son, age 8, was so interested that we read the whole book at once. I would also pull it out before certain events or outings and role play some of the situations.
Often children, and many adults, freeze up around new people or in new situations. I especially liked how Manners and Me suggested things or questions to ask others in advance or to intentionally look for things to compliment.
The hardback book has 21 full-color pages which feature illustrations of cute animal families. This along with the large, easy to read text make Manners and Me a good fit for children in early to mid-elementary. It sells for $14.99 and is available at mannersandme.com.
I recommend Manners and Me and only wish it had been a bit longer and covered even more situations.
Product review by Crystal Lavadour, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, September 2019