E- Zine - August 2006



Tips to Outclass Your Competition - Family Kindness Day: Just Be Kind

September is Children’s Good Manners Month. As demands of time in the home and school classrooms increase, serious attention to manners is often overlooked. Manners illiteracy is rampant, and as parents we must take personal responsibility to teach our children the importance of kindness and respect. Children who are respectful and kind to others learn to respect themselves. Role-play with your children to help them understand how to be kind. Encourage them to be kind by having a “Family Kindness Day.” Make this a family activity where everyone shows kindness to others during the day. During dinner, share how you were kind to others, and how others were kind to you. Every day you could “invent” another way to show kindness. This will bring joy to you and to others, and will set you apart. To quote Fred Astaire “The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.” By setting an example and praising good manners, your children will naturally become proper ladies and gentlemen. A source of free information for all age groups is http://www.actsofkindness.org/. The following poem is from Manners Themes and Activities:

  • We say, "Thank you."
  • We say, "Please."
  • We don't interrupt or tease.
  • We don't argue. We don't fuss.
  • We listen when folks talk to us.
  • We share our toys and take our turn.
  • Good manners aren't too hard to learn.
  • It's really easy, when you find.
  • Good manners mean

    Knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, is a way to show respect for others. If you would like to have a manners family event, I would be delighted to bring mealtime etiquette directly to your home. Mealtime manners are the most obvious state of your manners, and this is a way for everyone in the family to have fun learning. Call 405-341-3216 today to schedule a private etiquette dinner. What better gift can you give your family than the lifetime gift of good table manners?

    The Coach’s Corner – If you spot it, you got it.

    “If you spot it, you got it.” That means every trait you see in another person is something you see in yourself. If it pushes your button, it is something about you. What you see in others comes from your own values and beliefs. The more you are aware of this, the less judgment you will have about others and the more you can come from love and kindness – love of yourself and love of others. When you can do this, your life will be filled with acceptance, gratitude and joy.

    Coaching questions:
  • Pick one of your close relationships and say, “Here is my teacher. They are here to teach me something.”
  • What qualities in them do I have?
  • What traits in them that I dislike are about me? (Keep looking, they are there.)
  • What do I need to learn from this person?
  • What can this person learn from me?
  • What are the gifts in this relationship?

    Remember, all relationships are your mirrors. The more you see this and expand your awareness of yourself and your judgments, the easier it is to relinquish them. With relinquishment, comes personal freedom. Call today for your no-obligation, coaching session. This 30-minute confidential session will give you the experience of coaching. To schedule your session, call 405-341-3216

    Quotes of the Month

    "Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail."
             --- Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
             --- Dalai Lama

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