This author, Maralee McKee, does an excellent job of showing how important manners are in the home. Written in a funny and helpful manner you will really enjoy reading this book.
I gave this book 5/5 stars. I thought the writing style was open and non judgmental. I liked her helpful hints on how to have the proper manners in your life so your children can learn by watching you. I also liked that she reminds the reader that all children and families are different but there are some basic manners to instill in all children. I would recommend this book for a Mom's group to read together or really for any Mom who wants a refresher on how important manners are in a child's life.
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
Maralee McKee did a wonderful job with Manners That Matter for Moms. Not only does she cover all the manners and etiquette we have had questions about but she is personal as well, sharing her own story along the way. McKee covers topics such as first impressions, introductions, conversation skills, and even bodily noises. That last chapter had me laughing but thankful that she broached the subject. You will find a fun Etiquette IQ Quiz along with a quote in the beginning of the chapter and Inspiration and Application questions at the end each chapter, all starting in chapter four.
Author McKee gets the point across well. Children are mimickers. If we want our children to have great manners then we need set the example of what good manners look like. As McKee says, it may take years for them to become habits for kids (and us) but if we are diligent, those years of training will pay off with great reward; when they are no longer habits but heartfelt actions.
This book arrived at the perfect time for me. Our son's birthday party was just around the corner. As I read through it I would tell my husband what I had learned. Soon he was asking me what the author said about "this" or "that". He found all the information just as helpful as I did! At our son's party I was able to put my new found skills into practice and was very pleased with the outcome.
Manners That Matter for Moms is most certainly a book you don't want to pass up. While there are some manners in the book that a lot of people are good about using daily, there are plenty more listed in here that may need some attention.
***Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***
Author Maralee McKee's passion (or one of them, anyway) is manners: teaching them, making good use of them, writing about them. Her enthusiasm about manners was, at first, funny to me. I've always been laid back, very go-with-the-flow with this type of things. But the author makes a compelling case for good manners, their importance and how easy they are to learn and to teach to our kids.
Right from the start, I felt at home. I loved the fact that the Forward seemed to be written by a friend in common; like a friend introducing us to her good old friend because she just knows that we will hit it off, and we do. The author begins telling us her story, a very touching story, which made her relatable, made her feel closer and made me want to keep reading.
If you are like me, you always say please and thank you, always greet people and look them in the eye when speaking with them. Those are the basics, things we are taught from the start. But they are not enough and the author makes that perfectly clear. It's funny how a book about manners will make you look deeper into your parenting, what you expect of yourself and your children, what you can provide for them to be better persons in the Lord and with those around them. Manners that Matter to Moms does just that. It is a very practical book that not only addresses the need for teaching our children manners, but also speaks to the importance of, as mothers, being the primary manners role model for our kids.
Never one to use a knife, I always cut my meet using my fork (WHAT!), never put the napkin on my lap while eating (yikes!), I always, always, hang my purse in the back of my chair (oh no!) and never send formal invitations to anything, not even my wedding (my goodness!). It's terrible, I know. It's not what I want for my son, and this book has helped me see that and has made me want to change that.
As with any parenting book, I don't necessarily agree with everything, but as a whole I think it's a great tool for any household. From saying please and thank you, to how to introduce yourself and others, to the correct behavior when eating anywhere, there is a great lesson to be learn here: in all our relationships, dealings and conversations we should always be polite, pleasant and present.
4 out of 5 stars
*I received a copy of this book from Harvest House Publishers through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is especially sincere, compassionate, and funny at the same time. If Maralee can get across to six figure making executives (pg. 165-166) she can "successfully" express a suggestion to anyone! This is the kind of book that can be referenced time and time again therefore; it has earned a lasting spot on my bedside table!
Don't let this book fool you. This is not written by a prissy Miss Manners sitting at a tea party with her lace gloves on while looking down her nose at me and my unpolished children... not even close. In fact I took the time to read part of chapter 2 aloud to my husband (a section where Maralee opens up about her past and getting to where she is today) and I cried the whole time I was reading - he almost did too. This book is written by a tender hearted woman who wants to help other mothers prepare their children as best as they can to be ready for being gracious, pleasant, loving people in the world around them. I am very impressed and look forward to using this book with my kids and maybe even taking this as the incentive I've been looking for to have a manners class with some of our local homeschoolers. Well done, Maralee.