Published by Running Press on July 9, 2013
Genres: Non Fiction, Parenting
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With the world of technology advancing and face-to-face communication becoming less common, it is no wonder the many "manner” and "etiquette” books fall short of reaching young people who are fully enveloped in a digital age. Faye de Muyshondt’s socialsklz:-) for successis not only relevant, touching on topics of email, social networking, cyberbullying, and smartphones, but also breathes life into the basics: how to speak, shake hands, make conversation, and behave in all social settings. Although they are not typically taught in school, research has shown that teaching these skills increases academic scores. The book takes de Muyshondt’s highly successful NYC workshop and brings it to the homes of millions in this fun and interactive guidebook designed to direct parents in teaching kids the skills necessary for success without being perceived as a "nag."
This was a fantastic book on teaching children a bit about etiquette, making (and keeping) friends, and those social skills that children desperately need but don’t seem to be taught very often.
There is discussion on proper telephone etiquette, such as leaving a phone number twice which wowed me. I find that very few adults even bother to leave their number twice, and it’s great to see that children are being taught to do so. There is also a discussion on proper behaviour online (and the repercussions of not behaving well), the etiquette of the dining table, and much more.
I’ve been slowly putting some of these lessons to work with my own children and it’s been a refreshing change to watch as they start to make those subtle changes that will eventually help them out so much more. This summer will be an excellent time to focus on the lessons in this book so when they go back to school in the fall they can show off their much more refined sides (especially with the one going into Junior High! Eeeep!). I would highly recommend this book to parents because right now, us parents are the only resource our children have to learn these skills. Teachers won’t do it for us!
What I like best about this book, though, is not just that it tells you what to teach your children, but it shows ways on how, and provides exercises that are fun and will motivate the children to get involved while sneakily teaching them how to be a better version of themselves.