Courtesy Begins at Home

Last week we wrote of civility in the community and the importance of not saving one’s best behaviour for guests. We came across another article you might enjoy by Susan Schwartz for The Montreal Gazette titled “Even a good marriage cannot survive bad manners” Returning to the home front, she writes, (and quotes Barbara Cartland!) about the impact of courtesy as well as inconsiderate behaviour on one’s relationship with a significant other. Read the article here: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/Even+good+marriage+cannot+survive+manners/1469406/story.html

On occasion we are asked to run courses for children. In our discussions with the younger set we all agree that courtesy starts at home, with making your bed in the morning!


2 Responses to “Courtesy Begins at Home”

  1. 1 Jim Agebuilder
    May 14, 2009 at 11:19 am

    can bad making be a courtesy key performance indicator in domestic courtesy ? or was just a random example?
    how can one objective evaluate his own behavior? (or he should just wait for the trial?)

    • 2 theimagebuilders
      May 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm

      Thank you for your comment! We suggest a small and manageable task like bed making for children to show their respect for their family environment (home). By making the bed they may be helping with a chore another family member might have had to do on their behalf (if bed making is a priority in their home!) Yes – a bit random but an easy way to get the children thinking about how their behaviour impacts the family environment positively or negatively. The children always share lots of other simple ideas too, like emptying the dishwasher, feeding the dog etc.

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