Etiquette Classes for Kids: Fab or Too Far?April 8, 2008 11:41 pm For The PreSchool Mama
I came across this article yesterday – please take the time to read it. Apparently, etiquette classes for kids are becoming all the rage in America. Stressed parents have no time to teach kids social graces like table manners and stuff, and so, are packing kids off to these etiquette classes so their children will learn to mind their Ps and Qs. The video shows a bunch of 7 to 11 years olds, sitting stiffly at a table and being taught the fine nuances of social dining.
Kids as young as 4 – and this is the point that bothers me – are being sent to these classes to imbibe social graces! Four!!! Why does a four year old need to be all stiff and formal? To have dinner with the Queen?
A part of me feels sorry for parents who are too busy to devote as much time as they might like to teaching their kids manners. After a stressful day at the office, the last thing you want to do is remind your child through gritted teeth not to talk with her mouth full or to get that elbow off the table. I can even understand sending older kids or teens to these classes, if their manners were leading to you being dropped from party invitations around town.
But preschoolers? Come on.
What do you think? Would you consider sending your kids to a manners class?
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