From the category archives:

Children’s

Q: Friends with young, sick children visited with us last weekend. When one has sick children (babies and toddlers who share toys and put them frequently in their mouths), what is the proper etiquette when invited to someone’s home who also have young babies or toddlers? Should they postpone or cancel until their children are […]

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Q: Is it appropriate to allow children to type their thank-you notes instead of handwriting them? My 10 year old son gets very frustrated when writing and tends to make numerous mistakes, causing him to have to start over, but he is a fantastic typist. I allowed him to type his thank-you notes after this […]

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Q: I am in the process of planning a birthday party for my soon to be four year old son. Many of the children that he is friends with have older and/or younger siblings. Some of these friends are neighbors in which our families are friends. But some of my son’s friends are from preschool, […]

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Q: If my husband and I have a son, we would like to name him after my father-in-law, whose name was John Andrew Jones, Jr. and who has since passed away. My mother says we would simply name him John Andrew Doe, since his namesakes are both deceased. I, however, would like to name him […]

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Q: I work with children and am writing a trivia game about manners. One of my questions is about the proper way to eat spaghetti. My co-workers and I have been debating this issue for about a week. What is the proper way to eat spaghetti? A: There are really three ways to eat spaghetti. […]

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Q: My five year old daughter wants to know WHY we don’t put our elbows on the table. Could you tell us? Thank you very much! A: Ideal posture is an important component of exemplary table manners. Given that, ideal posture at the table is to sit straight, leaning slightly against the back of the […]

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Q: I have 13 year old twins who recently celebrated their bas-mitzvah. They each received a separate gift from most people. Should they send one thank you note signed by both of them, or should each of them send an individual thank you note? A: If they each received separate gifts, it is correct for […]

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Q: What is the correct way to address an envelope when the children are no longer living at home but you want to include them in the invitation and do not have their address? Should it be ‘Curt and Carol Schory & Family’ or should you list all the children’s names even though they are […]

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Q: I am thinking about naming my child using 4 names, a double first name then middle and last….how would I monogram her things using initials? A: Congratulations! A new baby certainly brings to mind all kinds of questions. Here are two options for you to consider (we’re using the sample name of Mary Kate […]

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Q: When is it proper and at what age do you address a young man as Mister and not Master? A: Boys may be addressed as “Master” on envelopes and formal correspondence until they are about seven years old, and “Mister” when they become eighteen. Some people use the title as late as age 13.  […]

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