Editor's Note: Today I am wearing a dress by Anthropologie, a blouse from Ann Taylor, a necklace by Dina Mackney Designs, and vintage Chanel shoes.
My grandmother who I called One Momma had an expression that was, "Manners are worth one million dollars and they don't cost a cent." I feel manners are one of the most important gifts that a parent can teach their children. Here are the 10 important list of manners that I feel like I instilled in my children..
1. Table Manners - We ate dinner as a family at the dining room table every night. Starting at age 3, my children had to sit in the chair using proper utensils, not talk with their mouthful, and having their napkin in their lap. They had to ask to be excused from the table if they were finished and had to eat at least 3 bites of food on their plate before being excused. The first year of doing this I had heartburn after dinner every night but it sure paid off!
2. Talking To Adults- I taught my children to always say hello to adults, look them in the eye, introduce themselves with a firm handshake and say that it was "nice to meet them." My children are wonderful with adults at social functions and at school. This is an invaluable lesson. People comment to me how easily my children talk to adults.
3. Thank You Notes- It is very important to write timely thank you notes for gifts given. It always a good idea to thank someone for either something nice they have done for you or if they have given you a gift.
4. Southern Manners- A southern gentlemen stands up from a table when a lady walks into a room. A southern gentleman opens the door for a lady whether he knows her or not. This is one manner that can truly set one gentleman apart from another.
5. How To Be A Good Date- I have taught my children when they are on a date they do not have to marry the person but they must be very nice and attentive to them all night. It is always the best policy to be nice.
6. Keeping A Secret- My cousin Shelly's grandmother told us a story when we were little about a secret that a friend had told her a long time ago and she had never repeated it even though the friend had passed away. If someone entrust you with a secret it needs to remain a secret. This is leads us to number 7..
7. The Value of Your Word- It is very important to keep your word and keep your promises based on the mere fact that your word is a reflection of your character. Good character is something that you can not buy, it something that is earned. Your reputation is yours to have and to hold and it is only yours to keep in tact.
8. Dining As A Guest- When you are invited out to dinner in a restaurant, never order the most expensive thing on the menu. That is rude and presumptuous and you may never be invited back.
9. How To Behave Inside- I taught my children to never jump on beds. Never to throw things in a house. Playing with balls and rollerskating are an outside activity. If you don't teach your children how to act at home, then when they are at others people's homes they will not behave and will not be invited back to that home.
10. How To Dress Appropriately- It is always a good rule of thumb that when in doubt it is always better to be overdressed than under dressed. This goes for parties and work functions.
I feel like I have followed my One Momma's rule about teaching my children good manners. I am always complemented by others on my children having such wonderful manners. I am very proud of them! Manners are a gift of a lifetime.
Love this picture of Riley and Harrison at Steeplechase 2014!
Last night for dinner I had turkey burger and a mixed power green salad.
I love this Sweetest Goodbye song by Maroon 5! I mean how can you not love Adam Levine!