Manners: Ages 12-18

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Introduction Anxiety

Want your tween or teen to make a good impression? Teach them to make a proper introduction – a habit that pays lifelong dividends. To start, insist that children learn to introduce themselves with confidence and greet new acquaintances with eye contact and a firm handshake.

“It’s important for parents to know introduction protocol themselves so they can model correctly,” says Rock. For example, when introducing two parties, the senior or more important person’s name is said first. Likewise, when introducing two friends, use equal terms for both; never use first and last name for one and just first name for the other. Polish introduction prowess by encouraging tweens and teens to introduce you and others at social gatherings and in group settings. Soon, they’ll be ready to take on the world – civilly, of course.

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