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Impressions: The Modern Cotillion for A New Generation

Impressions Cotillion On February 25, 2018, we had our first session of the 2018 winter Impressions class. During the class, they learned the seven key things they need to do to make a good first and lasting impression on others. We did group activities and had the kids work on this a lot, so hopefully, they can tell you about all seven which are to have good: Attitude, energy, eye contact, posture, smile, listening skills, and hand shake. Then, we did a game I call “Conversation Catch”. This game was to teach them the importance of being able to carry on a conversation with another child or with an adult, and how easy it really is to do. Lastly, we taught them how to Waltz. While I believe they all learned the steps, what was the hardest thing for them was to actually touch the person of the opposite gender! Wow, if you could have seen their faces!! I know this is hard, and many of them were mortified (hiding under the tables and in the bathroom), but it’s actually a very good step for them to take at this age. Over the next classes this will get easier, and you never know, they might even find that they like dancing!...

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Children’s Social Skills Indicator of Their Success

Children’s Social Skills Indicator of Their Success Many children today are growing up without learning the social skills and manners they need to make and keep friends, make a good impression on adults, and get ahead in school and beyond. Technology is hindering their interpersonal communication skills. Our busy lifestyles leave little time for parents to teach their children manners and dining etiquette. Our society is becoming less civil in general, and more specifically, many people use social media not as a communication tool, but as a weapon. However, children who are raised with polite social skills and feel confident meeting and talking to people of all ages, who can present themselves well in social settings and during stressful situations, and those children who are able to show respect and kindness to others regardless of their differences, will, according to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, be “happier and more successful” than those who do not have as confident and polite manners. I believe that parents, grandparents, educators, and other adults who interact with children need to understand the importance of teaching children manners and social skills. They also owe it to children to learn what, and how, to teach them in order to propel them to success. Below are my top three recommendations of what to teach your children and how. For my classes in the Charlotte area that teach children ages 5 – 18 social skills and manners, please click HERE. 1. Teach confident greeting and conversation skills. If your children can make a good impression on adults and other kids when meeting them for the first time, or seeing them again, it will make them feel confident, make them more likable, and help them to make friends easier. For information on how to teach kids to have nice greeting and conversation skills, go to this Charlotte Parent blog HERE. 2. Teach children to show respect and kindness to others when in person and on-line. One of the greatest lessons we can teach our children is to respect others regardless of their race, gender, religion, sexual preference, age, or as kids might say, just because “he’s weird.” This isn’t hard to teach, but sometimes it’s hard to get kids to do the right thing in all situations. –   You can start by showing by example and not talking badly about others because they are different or by treating them differently than others. –   Explain to your kids how they will never really understand someone and why they do something, wear something, say something, unless they really know what’s going on with them in that moment. So, encourage your children to not make snap judgments and to really try to get to know someone by asking them questions and really listening. –   Teach them how to show respect to kids and adults when in person and have them practice, practice, and practice. –   Teaching kids how to show respect to others when using social media is critical, but not easy. Explain that just because they are not being a bully, that it’s NOT okay to “like” something that is mean about another child, or to “share” it with others. 3. Teach your children proper table manners. Because there is a right and a wrong way to do things before, during and after a meal, it’s extremely obvious when someone (child or adult) has not been taught proper table manners and dinning etiquette. And, if someone has bad table manners, it’s only human nature to make negative judgments about that person. So,...

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Holiday Etiquette Tips

Holiday etiquette tips.

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Tipping Etiquette – Tips to Show Gratitude

tipping etiquette

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Cotillion in Charlotte for 5th and 6th Graders

    Teaching children to have self-confidence in social situations, to show respect and kindness to others when in person and online, and to have nice table manners is essential, but let’s face it, teaching these life skills isn’t easy! Impressions: The Modern Cotillion for a New Generation is a new interactive cotillion in Charlotte area that teaches children all of the etiquette, manners, and social skills they need to know, without all of the “old-fashioned” stuff that’s  outdated in today’s modern and digital world. Through the use of multi-media, games, groups activities and a class party, 5th and 6th graders will learn how to: Have confident greeting and conversation skills Set the table and have polite table manners Be a polite host and guest, and a good friend Have nice manners and respect when using a cell phone & social media Dance the Shag and Waltz The final cotillion in Charlotte will culminate in a party with parents attending to dance with their son/daughter. TO REGISTER CLICK HERE CLASSES: Every child will attend all three classes. DATES: February 25, March 4, and March 11 of 2018. The sign-up only says February 25th, but you will be signing up for all THREE classes. TIME: The 5th grade class will be held from 1:00 – 2:45. The 6th grade class will be held from 3:30 – 5:15. COST: The price is $180 per person to be paid upon registration by Pay Pal or credit card. Cancellation with refund will only be given before January 25th. LOCATION: At the Sweet Magnolia Estate located at 10101 Bailey Road, Cornelius, NC 28031. ATTIRE: The first two classes are “dressy casual” which means no t-shirts, running shoes, or   shorts.  The class on March 1th will be formal for the dance party. Boys should wear a jacket, button down shirt, tie and dress pants. Girls should wear a dress or skirt/blouse. PROVIDED: Each participant will receive a comprehensive binder of information to use and keep, handouts, prizes, snacks and beverages for all classes. CLASS SIZE: Each class will be limited to 20 girls and 20 boys. Classes will fill up quickly so please register early. INSTRUCTOR: The cotillion in Charlotte area is taught by Aimee Symington, CEO of Finesse Worldwide, international etiquette expert, creator of nationally-selling Blunders® board game and products, NBC and Fox News manners’ expert, blogger, and national magazine contributor. Enroll your children today and empower them with the knowledge and ability to make the right choices in social settings now and in the future. Questions? Email or call Aimee Symington at aimee@finesseworldwide.com or 704-564-6502 if you have questions about the cotillion in Charlotte. TO REGISTER CLICK...

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Civility. Learn Fundamentals to Make More Money and Earn More Respect

Civility. Learn the funamentals to make more money and earn more respect

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