Category: Miss Manners

Miss Manners: 5 Steps to Survive Kids Party Hell

Miss Manners has been busy doing the party circuit the past couple of months and as usual has a few gems of wisdom to impart to us parents. Frankly, before kids we thought planning and executing a kids party would be a walk in the park. We dreamed of beautiful table decorations, immaculate and well-behaved children who would delight in a game of musical chairs and eat perfectly cut finger sandwiches. No one told us it required almost as much preparation as Christmas lunch, the negotiation skills of a UN ambassador and that we would be praying for it...

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Miss Manners: Teach your Kids an Attitude of Gratitude

Our generation of kids appear to be born entitled these days, surrounded by adults who cater to their every need and whim. Christmas is the ultimate jackpot with high end devices being stuffed into jumbo sized stockings all over the country. But what if we could teach them how develop an attitude for gratitude?  It would be,  hands down, the most precious gift they get this year. Gratitude goes way beyond good manners and it is a mind-set that we need to instill from a young age.  We know that it’s hard to break away from the Christmas commercialism,...

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Miss Manners: Keeping the magic of Christmas alive

We all love the magic of Christmas when your kids come bounding in like wide eyed bunnies ripping apart boxes and jamming batteries into all manner of toy orifices. However, we will be sending them a memo to say the Christmas magic shop is not open until 7am on the 25th this year! Are you one of those people who painstakingly plan Christmas from October, get caught in an endless stream of buying kids gifts, cooking, cleaning and tending to everyone but yourself?  Then listen up! This year it’s about stopping to smell the snowflakes, with your children –...

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Skool Rules for parents

The ultimate guide to school gate etiquette for parents. Sit up straight, no pushing, biting or name calling. And that’s just for starters. Miss Manners has a thing or two to get off her ample chest as you swing though the school gates this term. Whether you’re a seasoned parent on quadruple school runs or a novice dropping off your first born, here are Miss Manners top 5 skool rules you need to know. Skool Rules #1: Your school wardrobe Tempting though it might be to rock up on the first week with oversized sunglasses, bouncy tresses, manicured nails...

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6 Ways to Keep Your Sanity This Summer

SUMMER HOLIDAYS ARE NEARLY HERE… The countdown to the Summer Holidays has started and those of us who can’t escape to the office are beginning to wonder how we can keep our sanity during this long break. Here are our top tips to stop any mental breakdowns and to prevent you asking for your kids to be taken into care. DON’T OVER-COMMIT  The worst kind of holiday can be one which is absolutely jam-packed with activities and people. The kids and you need a break. Not just from school but from all your friends (no matter how good friends...

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10 Strategies for Being a Great Dad

Ten Strategies For Being A Great Dad Go on regular ‘Dad dates’ with NOANOK – No Other Adults, No Other Kids. Plan a one-on-one ‘Dad trip’  – be intentional about spending time with them. Be creative about making time with them. One day a week a walk to school, ice cream on a Friday, a bike ride. Help them understand they are special  by focusing on their unique qualities. Practise listening not solving or judging. Just Listen. Talk about values like trust, honesty, integrity, showing respect to others and generosity to the poor. Acknowledge drug use and peer pressure...

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10 Things Girls Need Most by Steve Biddulph

“We have to take care of each other on this journey to make the world better for all our girls.” Steve Biddulph In his ground breaking new book, 10 Things Girls Need Most to grow up strong and free, Steve Biddulph, famous psychologist and parenting guru, tackles the worrying rise in depression and anxiety amongst our teenage girls. He campaigns for the re-appearance of spending special time with older, wiser, kinder people, as well as girls spending time relaxed with nature. He has put together a kit bag of interactive tools and insightful skills to help us liberate our...

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Miss Manners – The Kindness Rules

It’s no small task inserting the Kindness gene into our growing offspring. When your child is small they are kind because there’s a goal in mind (‘if you ask politely you’ll get an ice cream/biscuit/TV’) and when they are a bit older it works because they are proud as a peacock with praise (see-look-how-I-nicely-I-shared-my-toy). But then somehow the magic happens all by itself when they are about seven or eight, it becomes an intrinsic trait and they are kind because they actually get something back from being kind. They say kind children grow up to be kind adults. We...

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Miss Manners – Playdate Etiquette

Most of us would prefer our children to be popular. Here is our essential list of ten key manners to ensure your child is asked back to playdates. Let’s be honest – none of us particularly likes a child with bad manners unless they are our own – we would always prefer to have the polite and cheery child to tea rather than the rude, shouty one. Well Miss Manners would anyway. Basic good manners should be automatic but consistency is key. Demand them at home and then they will happen anyway. Miss Manners Tip: Your behaviour counts as...

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