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Finding grace in our daily lives

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grace in our daily lives

Life is short, but there is always time for courtesy.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you are a parent, you have likely had someone, maybe a teacher or neighbor, tell you that your child was so polite and well behaved. Maybe you were surprised (who, my child?) or maybe you were proud. What a great compliment! It is amazing how far little words like "please," "thank you," and even "yes" (instead of "yeah" or "uh-huh") can go in making a great impression. For adults, our children tend to model their behavior after ours, so if we are polite it is that much easier for our children to follow suit. Small gestures go a long way in making others feel special. 

Teens and adults with manners have the skills to make awkward situations a little less awkward, and can put those around them at ease. There are so many advantages to having good manners. Being respectful of others makes them want to be kind as well. You know, "do unto others..." It is very real! Holding a door, listening patiently, and being a polite guest are a few simple ways to gain both respect and confidence.  

It's all in the details

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“Kind words to do not cost much.

Yet they accomplish much.”

- Blaise Pascal

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“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”

- Emily Post

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“Good manners will open doors that the best

education cannot.”

- Clarence Thomas

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