This post originally appeared at my parenting blog The Gift of Good Manners. I will be cross posting some of my favorite content from that blog here at the Etiquette Daily periodically. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoyed writing them.
Greetings and Handshakes
Greetings and handshakes are social skills – and like every skill it takes practice to get them right and to feel comfortable using them. Also, it’s much easier to learn and practice with someone you know well so try out that greeting and handshake in familiar settings with friends and family.
Let me say it again! Practice with siblings, neighbors, and dolls and stuffed animals – every day!
Look them in the eye and SMILE!
Say the person’s name
Add a “Glad to see you” or “How’s it going?”
If it’s a relative or close friend, add a hug.
Right hand to right hand – palm to palm; thumbs up
Firm grip – not too tight; not too limp
Two to three pumps then release
History of handshake: In olden days, knights extended a hand to show it did not hold a weapon and they were approaching as friends not enemies. The other person responded showing he didn’t have a weapon either. The handshake was a gesture of friendship in the olden days and still is today.
Greetings and handshakes are skills that will serve your children well far beyond the holiday season so take this opportunity to be intentional about teaching them. It’s really a gift for them from you!
See you Friday…