Meet our newest “etiquette experts” heading out to teach children, parents, and teachers essential social skills necessary to building a truly civil society. At our Train the Trainers – Children’s Program at the end of March seven vibrant, committed women (I’m still waiting for the first man to come to a training) completed the Emily Post Institute’s program developed to train folks to teach etiquette classes for children. In 2009 I wrote a post celebrating a commitment to courtesy.
“Over the past two years I’ve had the distinct privilege of working with women (men could come but they haven’t) who think it’s important to teach etiquette in their communities. We call it our Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer program and it’s one of my favorite things to do. Women from San Diego, Los Angeles, Scottsdale, Annapolis, Chicago, Hartford, Greenwich, Detroit, New Jersey, Atlanta, New Orleans, Birmingham, Orlando, Jacksonville, Dallas, Houston, Washington DC, the Bahamas, Bahrain(!) and more want to teach parents, teachers, and kids of all ages the manners that can help them get along at home, school, and in the community.”
Now it’s been another two years and I have continued to train women to teach etiquette to children and youth. We’ve added North Carolina, Virginia, New York, Missouri, Maryland, Alabama, and Tennessee to the list of states represented by our trainees. The backgrounds and motivations are as diverse as the women: teachers, social workers, counselors, parents, coaches, editors, and business people looking for a change or planning to enhance what they are already doing. My admiration for them all grows by leaps and bounds. I may have a lot to teach but equally exciting for me is what I learn. And when the training is complete, we’ve expanded the family of people committed to courtesy. I look at the pictures of the graduate trainees with pride and hope for them great success in their endeavors. For every one of them there is the potential of a gang of children and youth who will be exposed to the way of civility and graciousness.
What I said two years ago still stands!
“I want to express my appreciation to all of you who have spent your time and money to follow through on your commitment. Not only will you enrich the lives of youngsters in cities and neighborhoods across this country, but you have enriched my life. For both, I say, “Thank you!”