The Norman Transcript


March 22, 2013

Manners are of great importance for everyone, including children of all ages

NORMAN — Q: A friend and I were eating lunch at a restaurant, and it just happened to be around the time high school-aged students were also at lunch. I understand they’re kids and not being supervised, but does anyone teach manners anymore?

— Diane and Pam

Dear Diane and Pam,

It is a bit disillusioning to watch many young people today who seem to think manners are of no importance. On the other hand, we deal with students on a daily basis who do know proper manners.

If parents or family members aren’t teaching proper manners, the only place we could think of that might be teaching manners could be a family and consumer science class. We also have seen articles in teen magazines.

It is a great time to remind all people the simple manners that should always be followed. Parents, please make sure your children are aware of these:

· Use “please,” “thank you” and “excuse me.”

· Chew with your mouth closed (including gum).

· Don’t talk with food in your mouth.

· Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough and don’t pick your nose.

· Use a firm handshake and look the person in the eye.

· Don’t interrupt unless it’s an emergency.

· Don’t use foul language in public.

· Hold doors open for others.

· Use eating utensils properly.

· Always keep a napkin in your lap while eating, then use it.

· Don’t reach across the table. Ask for something to be passed.

· Don’t make fun of those less fortunate than you.

· A written thank you note is a must for gifts

Q: How do you feel about the implementation of school uniforms for all students?

— Matt, Oklahoma City

Dear Matt,

Personally, we love the idea of school uniforms. Furthermore, we would like to have different grade level groups distinguish themselves by wearing a particular color. Our reasons for liking school uniforms are:

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