Question: Who is teaching your child their social skills? 
Most children go to school approximately 6 hours a day.  During these 1,800 minutes each week, from whom are they acquiring their social skills? Friends? Teachers? Social Media? Strangers? Perhaps the neighborhood gang members may be influencing their impressionable minds. 

You may be of the mindset that social skills should be learned in school or even church.  Aptitudes such as financial literacy, basic cooking, and washing clothes are generally foundations that are laid by parents.  Social skills are no different. While it is true that ‘It takes a Village’, if we want to raise socially empowered children, we simply cannot leave this responsibility to others.
Teaching social skills requires building relationships both in and outside of the family dynamic while providing a culture of learning.  We cannot view this as some ‘extra’ parental burden. 

Socializing with others is probably of single-most importance to our youth. They may not admit it, but our children want to learn how to deal with awkward or potentially embarrassing situations, get along with others, and feel a sense of belonging.  No one wants to be ostracized by his or her peers.

Talk to your children and while taking time to demonstrate for them the social skills needed to succeed now and in the future. Perhaps you will even notice a difference in yourself!

Looking for a summer camp that will expand your child’s etiquette and leadership maturity? It’s said, understanding the rules of etiquette and principals of leadership at an early age gives a young person a head start on life and its rewards. Now's the time to sign your child (ages 8 – 15) up for The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana Summer Camp; How to Raise a Young Gentleman (July 15th – 20th) and How to Raise a Young Lady (July 22nd – 27th). Visit; or 

​​8 Skills your teen should

learn between ages 12 - 18: 

  • Rules of Etiquette  
  • Cleaning up
  • Car maintenance
  • Their Laundry
  • Making appointments
  • How to cook
  • Dancing
  • Read 
  • Managing money

How to tie a necktie/bowtie?

Teaching a child to tie a necktie can often be an exercise in futility.  The frustration of not ‘getting it’ can have a lasting effect on a child’s confidence.  If you have come across this page because you were seeking help, you’ve probably already experienced this maddening scenario. Some children have simply not developed the underlying skills needed to convert that frustrating piece of cloth into a symbol of triumph and class. But, help is on the way!

The Etiquette and Leadership Institute of Indiana (ELII) uses the EDGE Method (Explain, Demonstrate, Guide and Enable) to help our students conquer the art of tying dress and bow ties. Below are important skills and abilities children acquire by mastering the art of tying a tie:

     Eye-hand coordination                    Ability to follow instruction
     Manual dexterity                            Attention to detail
     Visual motor skills                         Fundamental style skills 
     Bilateral coordination                      Independence 
     Visual perception                           Mental sharpness 
     Hand strength                                Motivation to dress formally 
     Self-esteem                                  Just being seen as a sharp dresser 

If your son is upset and discouraged, or just not as coordinated as you would like, now is the time to register him for ELII’s How to Raise a Gentlemen summer camp. For additional information click on this link.
How to Raise a Gentleman Summer Camp  

 5 Reasons why your child should learn the Rules of Etiquette:

  • They won’t be 12 years old for the rest of their lives.
  • They won’t live at home for the rest of their lives.
  • They'll want a high paying job/career.
  • They'll want to meet people and build a relationship.
  • They don't want to become lonely as they get older in age.

Did you know Protocol still serve several essential functions in society today!

  • Etiquette provides personal security. Knowing how to behave appropriately in a given situation makes you more comfortable.
  • It protects the feelings of others. Proper etiquette requires that you make others comfortable and defend their beliefs. You do not point out their errors or draw attention to their mistakes.
  • It makes communication clearer. Etiquette enhances communication by breaking down barriers, not erecting them.
  • It will improve your status at work. In any working situation, you are perceived as more capable, more professional, and more intelligent if you are familiar with the proper code of conduct for the workplace.
  • It makes good first impressions. The first five to seven seconds after you meet someone are crucial. Your first impression lingers in the other person's mind long after you are gone.  If you use proper etiquette, that first impression will be a positive one.