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Pajama Problem: Children and gift giving

by epi on December 15, 2011

Q: My in-laws always give my kids pj’s as a holiday gift.  I really wish they’d buy toys instead.  Do I say anything to them about this? A: No, selecting a present is really up to the gift giver, so it wouldn’t be appropriate to ask your in-laws to follow your requests.  But if the […]


Q: My daughter’s history teacher often shares her views on the election with the class.  Should I ask her not to express her beliefs to her students or be thankful my daughter is learning the importance of elections? A: Although it’s great for an educator to discuss voting and the candidates, it’s wrong for her […]


Trick-or-Treat: How Old is Too Old?

by epi on October 31, 2011

Q: I hate when older kids trick-or-treat.  Can I refuse them candy? A: Masked teenagers at the door might seem intimidating, but it’s best to take this in stride and hand out some treats anyway.  After all, Halloween is an occasion for teens to enjoy just as younger kids do.  But if you’re really nervous, […]


Q: A question about dinner gift certificates: say I have a fifty dollar gift certificate to a restaurant where we are dining with another couple whom we always split the bill with 50-50.  My wife says the certificate should go towards the bill and the remainder should be split, I say that if the bill […]


‘Like’: It’s, like, bothering me

by epi on October 3, 2011

Q: My friend says ‘like’ constantly- “it’s, like, so busy”; “she’s, like, so funny.”  Can I tell her she sounds like a teenager? A: You may just, like, want to let it go and accept her as she is.  But if you wish to speak up, approach this from a helping perspective.  Say, “Kelly, you’ve […]


Shanah Tova- Happy New Year!

by Cindy Post Senning on September 28, 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. Traditional holiday greetings are one way we can show respect […]


Q: My husband and I went out with another couple for a nice dinner. They ordered very expensive appetizers and drinks. When the bill came, they expected us to split the bill evenly with them, even though they spent $50.00 more than my husband and I. We paid to avoid an argument. What should we […]


Q: What’s the proper use of a speaker phone?  A colleague uses hers to listen to voicemail messages and to make all of her outgoing calls so that I can hear the dialing.  It’s very distracting and annoying. A: You’re right.  Speaker phones in shared work areas are distracting and annoying.  That’s why the speaker […]


Q: My mother-in-law wanted to invite some of her friends to a baby shower being held for me. I thought she would invite some of her friends that I am well acquainted with, but actually she wants to invite some people that I don’t even know. When I spoke with her about this, she was […]


Q: What ever happened to a good old-fashioned “thank you”?  My mother taught me as a young girl to always to say thank you. Either in person or over the phone. When I got older, I started sending thank you cards. Now that I’m a mother, I am teaching my daughter to do the same.  […]