Basic Courtesy

You may still be wondering what exactly to do about that RSVP, and might be completely lost when it comes to which fork to use first… But, you don’t have to be a pro at all-things-protocol to practice basic courtesy.


What I’m referring to as Basic Courtesy is the “common sense” of social interaction. Here are a few points, off the top of my head, that would fall into this category.

And, though these may seem pretty easy for us adults, we should remember that even small children are capable of these things!

  • Be pleasant, and make eye contact.
  • Thank more than once.
  • Stay positive. (No whining!)
  • Don’t be nosey.
  • Take responsibility for your mess, your children (and their messes), your belongings, etc.

The underlying truth in all of this courtesy/etiquette stuff is: love. Show this love by putting others before yourself. When you’re not sure how to handle a situation, think about how you will affect those around you. Just do your best to make that affect positive!


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