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America Today

Q: My 8-year-old son went to a classmate’s birthday party, and his pal’s mom posted photos of the fete on Facebook.  What do I do? A: Navigating online spaces such as Facebook is part of modern life.  If you don’t want your child’s picture posted online, ask this mom to remove the photos that include […]

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Valentine Venture: Do you reciprocate?

by epi on February 14, 2012

Q: My single friend always buys her girlfriends presents on Valentine’s Day, since she jokingly considers us her valentines.  Do I have to buy her a gift in return, or is it OK to get just one for my husband? A: You don’t have to reciprocate when someone gives you a gift.  A gracious thank-you […]

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The Etiquette of Valentine’s Day

by Cindy Post Senning on February 14, 2012

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. Valentine’s Day can be such fun. Kids love it. It’s […]

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Respectful Resolutions: To intervene or not

by epi on January 10, 2012

Q: My good friend was really vocal about wanting to lose weight for her New Year’s resolution, but she’s helping herself to sweets a lot.  Should I say something? A: It’s OK to offer some supportive suggestions, but don’t call her out as she’s reaching for the cookie tray. She does not need you to […]

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Q: I love January sales but hate how aggressive the crowds get.  When a cashier lets someone cut in front of me, may I tell the line jumper that it’s my turn? A: Yes.  If someone pushes in front of you, calmly say, “Excuse me, but I don’t think you realize that I was ahead […]

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Q: I am hosting a ‘jewelry party’ at my home and want to include my female cousins. Each of them have daughters under the age of 3 that they bring everywhere. I know it’s not polite to say ‘no children’ on invites, but unless it’s in black and white my cousins will bring the children. […]

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In a Ditch

by Cindy Post Senning on December 27, 2011

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. During a snow storm mycar ended up in a ditch […]

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Punctually Perfect: When to send a thank you

by epi on December 26, 2011

Q: How long do you have after you receive a present do you have to send a thank you note. A: You should write promptly, especially if the gift was mailed or delivered, so the giver of the gift knows you received it — and appreciated it!  Within a week of receipt is a good […]

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Confused Coworker: The forgotten spouse

by epi on December 23, 2011

Q: If you are sending a holiday card to a co-worker who is married and you do not know their spouse’s first name, how would you address the envelope? A: You can send it to “The Lees” which could be a way to get around the unknown first name problem.  While there is no guarantee […]

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Holiday Hellos: Are e-cards acceptable?

by epi on December 20, 2011

Q: I’ve been receiving lots of holiday e-cards, and find I feel somewhat slighted by the quick-click gesture.  Is it rude to send Yuletide greetings over the Web? A: Concentrate on the kind sentiments, and don’t take offense: E-cards are a reality of today’s world.  They’re the only way many people have the time (or […]

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