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Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

Rules of EtiKate: Manners for Children

During the recent Royal Tour, I stayed up many late nights waiting for live streams and Twitter pictures of the royal family at each event. While most royal watchers were anxious to see what Kate would be wearing, I, like many others on the WWKD team, could not wait to see the adorable Prince George, more fondly known around here as Cheeks. I could not get enough of his sassy faces and cardigans and I am so glad that we royal watchers finally got to see him in action.

 


 
As little George approaches his first birthday, he will begin making even more royal appearances, just as William and Harry did when they were younger. Not only will he have to be impeccably dressed like his mother and father, he will have to demonstrate manners even at a young age.

 


While I am not yet a parent yet, many of you readers out there are, or are going to be in the near future. Children can learn etiquette and become royals-in-training, just like Prince George. Here are some easy etiquette rules to teach your little one:

Kind Words

Teach your children kindness basics, such as “please,” “thank you,” and “excuse me.” It may seem obvious but emphasizing these phrases in their communication and your own will stick with them throughout their lives.

Phone a Friend

Even though we are in a technology-driven age, children still need to know the basics of how to politely answer the phone. When making a phone call, teach your children to first introduce themselves and then ask to speak with the person they are calling. When they are answering the phone, teach them to not give the caller their own name for matters of privacy, but to always ask if they can take a message. Instruct your children on how you would like them to write messages.

At the Dinner Table

Once your children pass the high-chair age and upgrade to the big kids table, there are a couple of easy table manners they can learn to demonstrate their etiquette. Show them how to take small bites and always chew with their mouths closed. Make sure they learn how to ask for dishes to be passed to them rather than reaching across the table. Keep in mind that kids will be kids and their etiquette will not be perfect the first time out. and no one expects it to be. Teach them etiquette while still letting them have fun and be kids.

The Golden Rule

Above all else, teach your children the importance of the Golden Rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. This goes for adults, too. Always remember that kindness and manners will get you much farther than rudeness.

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Rules of EtiKate: Dining Dos and Don’ts

Elegant state dinners come with the territory of being a member of the royal family, which is yet another aspect of being a duchess that Kate has taken to beautifully. At her most recent state dinner, at the Government House in Wellington while on tour in New Zealand, Kate stunned in a gorgeous Jenny PackhamContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

Rules of EtiKate: The Importance of Etiquette

With all of the rules and regulations regarding etiquette that I have presented in the past few months, I wanted to pause and reflect on why I find etiquette important and how it allows me to demonstrate my inner duchess on a daily basis.  One of the main reasons I find myself so drawn toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

Rules of EtiKate: Weddings

If you are anything like me, you are either at the age or approaching the age in which it seems that every other day, a new friend on Facebook is getting engaged. Engagements mean weddings, which are both exciting and nerve-racking. What does Dressy Casual even mean? What is an acceptable gift to bring? WhichContinue Reading

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

Embracing Everyday Gracefulness

When I was the ripe old age of five years old, I started taking ballet classes. While I was never good enough to become a professional ballerina (even though I dreamed about it), I learned a lot in my ten years of pink tights, ballerina buns, and plies. As I grew older, I had toContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

Rules of EtiKate: Cell Phones

As we have discussed before on WWKD, we rarely see Kate with a cell phone. She does not walk down the street chatting into her iPhone or text while she shops. She focuses on the people she is with and the world around her, something we can all do a little more often. I amContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Rules of EtiKate: Traveling

Kate and William are known to enjoy traveling, whether it be for engagements in the US and other parts of the world, or going to Africa on holiday. Wherever you are traveling to this holiday season and beyond, here are some tips and tricks to maintain a regal elegance even when you are 30,000 feetContinue Reading

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

Regal Reads: The Regal Rules for Girls by Jerramy Fine

After reading Jerramy Fine’s memoir Someday My Prince Will Come, I fell in love with her witty writing and her “dreams do come true” attitude. I immediately wanted to check out her other book The Regal Rules for Girls.    The tagline for this book is “how to find love, a life- and maybe evenContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Rules of EtiKate: Hostessing

Now that we have all learned how to have a flawless table setting, we can start hosting fabulous dinner parties! Whether it is a small get-together, a swanky cocktail party, or a five-course formal sit-down dinner, here are some etiquette tips on how to be a gracious and regal hostess. Send out invitations far inContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

Rules of EtiKate: Setting a Formal Table

While the last two EtiKate posts have been a bit aspirational (Meeting the Queen and Curtsying), this week’s post will focus on setting a formal table, a skill we can all use, whether it be at our next dinner party or the next time we sit down with our takeout. This diagram from Emily PostContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

Rules of EtiKate: Curtsying

This week’s EtiKate will look at the act of curtsying. Curtsying is a gesture of respect or reverence made by women by bending the knees with one foot forward and lowering the body. It is considered the female version of the bow. In the past, women would curtsy to anyone of superior social rank. WhileContinue Reading

Rules of EtiKate: Meeting the Queen

Rules of EtiKate: Meeting the Queen

This week, we will be starting a new series centered around tips and tricks for royal etiquette and how to incorporate those tips into your daily life. While we may never marry Prince Harry and become British royalty, Kate has given us a stunning example of how to act regal and ladylike at all times.Continue Reading

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Charity Spotlight: Only Connect

Only Connect is a charity intended to create a positive community for prisoners, ex-prisoners, and at-risk young people to help them find their value. They do this through six different programs across London that provide training, support, and creative opportunities. These programs not only help the people involved but are intended to provide contributions toContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

Charity Spotlight: The Imperial College Healthcare Charity

The Imperial College Healthcare Charity is an organization that raises and manages charitable funds for the five hospitals in the Imperial College Healthcare Trust. These hospitals are Charting Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St. Mary’s, and Western Eye. Their aim in raising funds for these hospitals is to improve the experience of their patientsContinue Reading

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

Charity Spotlight: PeacePlayers International

PeacePlayers International (PPI) is an organization aimed at bridging gaps and bringing children together in communities in Northern Ireland, South Africa, Israel, and Cyprus. They do this through a “peacebuilding-and-leadership development curriculum” that teaches them various tactics for improving their individual communities. Their mission is “to unite, educate and inspire young people in divided communities”Continue Reading