Just Ask Effie

"MANNERS!"

I love this line by Effie Trinket in The Hunger Games.  I wish there were more moms and dads out there that stressed manners to their children.  If the did we might not have so many kids acting a fool, and then posting their foolishness on social media sites.  There are just some things you don't do, and you know what, it seems even adults need to learn these things.

1.  When you're at the dinner table, don't be on your phone.  I don't mind if you need to see who is calling or texting you, but if you are going to answer said call or text, excuse yourself from the table.  Do NOT initiate a text or call.  If you are with your family, your friends can do without you for 20 minutes.  Believe it or not, there was a time when we didn't answer the phone at all during dinner.

2.  Know how to act in public.  No one wants to see you being a selfish brat in a store, restaurant or really anywhere for that manner.  Quit thinking about yourself all the time & how your life is so terrible.  Trust me, it can always be worse.

3.  GET OFF YOUR PHONE when you're in line anywhere.  Unless it is an absolute emergency, ask the person if you can call them back.  Trust me, sales people don't like it when you're yapping on your phone & not paying attention to the transaction.  The people behind you in line don't like it either.

4.  When you're riding in the car with anyone, turn off your music & take off your headphones.  Talk to the people who you are riding with.  If everyone in the car decides it's headphone time...then it's cool.

5.  Never & I mean never take a selfie at a funeral.  I don't know what the obsession is with this very inappropriate behavior, but it needs to stop.  Apparently the president needs this lesson as well since he decided to take a selfie with the British & Danish prime ministers at Nelson Mandela's memorial service.  Yeah, not cool.  I thought the president was supposed to be a role model for all of America.  In this case kids, do as I say & not as he did.

Manners are actually very important.  If the president needs someone to teach him about manners, I can think of a sweet lady I used to babysit for that is a great manners teacher.  Hop & Harry went through her class, E is about to start & in a few years Henry will go through.  It's fun and reinforces everything we have tried to teach our children all along.  I could totally set the president up.  It might help him remember his P's & Q's.  :)

Trying to mind my manners too & Celebrating Life!
~ashley

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