Title: A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids
Author: Elise McVeigh
Publisher: Rockridge Press
“The goal of this book is to bring those lessons to children in other ways that better fit today’s family,” Elise McVeigh explains in the introduction of her children’s book, A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids: Lessons, Games, and Activities for Home, School, and Beyond.
~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-fifty-eight-page paperback states online it targets parents with children one to five years old who need to learn good manners (but it should be geared for elementary ages). After an introduction and directions, there are six chapters covering the topic and ending with a conclusion, resources, reference, index, acknowledgments, and the author’s biography.
In this book, etiquette is promoted in the six chapters that cover teaching manners, everyday situations, good impressions, eating meals, playing with others, and when using technology. Each chapter is color tabbed for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels involving lessons, activities, and games. While some of the lessons are in paragraph format, most games and activities have items need listed on the left side of the page with numbered instructions on the right side. A “But Why” section ends each chapter.
~ Why ~
Having three grandchildren under age six, it is imperative they learn good manners at an early age so they become natural and second nature to them. In showing the activity of making a Good Manners Box to our six-year-old granddaughter on a video call, she was thrilled to design and use a box for her three-year-old sister.
Some lessons include using doors and elevators, leaving a party, listening, inviting friends over, visiting museums, writing thank you notes, sharing, having sportsmanship, cheating, and safely using the internet and social media.
A few game examples involve gratitude, bad impressions, good appearance, respect, table setting, restaurants, and technology.
Random activities are etiquette charts, collages, calendars, songs, conversations, comic books, acrostics, videos, poems, napkin rings, tea parties, placemats, fancy dinners, dioramas, YouTube clips, posters, game days, and podcasts
~ Why Not ~
Some parents will be confused when they get this book as online it states it is for one to five-year-old children, but it should be for elementary-age kids who can do online blogging, YouTube, and texting, which is clearly not for the very young age bracket.
~ Wish ~
Although I like the concept of the book, I wish its age range would be corrected online as I doubt those five years old and under could do many of the lessons, games, and activities. It would be thoughtful to provide a list at the beginning of each chapter so one can quickly find it.
~ Want ~
If you are looking for a way to teach your kids about good manners, this book covers the gambit from toddlers to pre-teens and would be a viable source of information.
Thanks to Callisto Publisher’s Club and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
This book can be purchased at https://amzn.to/2RuwzaP