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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Bestselling authors Bob and Emilie Barnes are a couple committed to encouraging and inspiring others to build their families on a foundation of kindness and faith. With that caring goal in mind and biblical wisdom at heart, they present their best tips, ideas, and examples to help parents guide children of any age to
- become better listeners and communicators with peers and adults
- reflect a compassionate and helping heart for others
- experience confidence in social situations
- show respect for God and others through actions and words
- display daily manners at the table, on the phone, at school, and anywhere
Filled with practical advice, this Barnes offering will strengthen parents, children, and families as they discover together how good manners make life more enjoyable while reflecting the love of God to others.
Addressing the more well-known donts, such as talking with your mouth full of food, Good Manners also covers the more difficult and less often practiced skills of respectful communication and dining out. Subjects even include how to be a reliable friend, and dating dos and donts. A series of instructional lessons are followed by Kid 2 Kid sections, which encourage children of all ages to get involved in learning new guidelines. Having written several books on manners and effective communication, the authors are drawing on a lifetime of teaching about respect in order to bring families a guide they can go to for answers about behavior at the home table or etiquette when out in public.
The authors point out that such a book is necessary because, There is an undercurrent of disrespect among members of the younger generation. By teaching your children what respect looks and feels like, and where it comes from, you will give them tools to lead, follow, listen, serve, communicate, persevere, share their faith and stand firm for their principles. They go on to point out that manners can be learned at any age, and they provide several easy to follow lessons. They even explain how to deal with specific food items when dining out (did you know you shouldnt use a spoon to twirl your spaghetti?).
All in all, this little book is a very helpful reference for teaching children and their parents the basics of etiquette, good manners, and respectful behavior. The lessons are short and easy-to-read. Parents are expected to engage actively with their children in the Kid 2 Kid sections in order to reap their full benefits; they are not intended to be independent studies. This book is recommended for all typical modern families. Dr. Jan Wallace Reber, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com