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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; https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-raise-a-gentleman-summer-camp-tickets-57054002056 or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/how-to-raise-a-young-lady-summer-camp-tickets-58925168766
8 Skills your teen should
learn between ages 12 - 18:
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:
Did you know Protocol still serve several essential functions in society today!