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National Etiquette Week: Monday

by epi on May 14, 2012

Pregnancy Etiquette In The 21st Century From tweeting during labor to having your big news scooped on Facebook, sharing the news of pregnancy has a modern etiquette all its own. There are few pieces of news as exciting to share as pregnancy. Whether it is a first or fifth, a surprise or long hoped for, […]

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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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