Elise McVeigh–Etiquette Expert and Author
Getting a compliment about your well-mannered child is one of the best feelings you can have as a parent—but it doesn’t come easy.
Teaching manners to young children can be tough. Let the fun lessons, games, and activities inside A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids help make learning proper etiquette a pleasure instead of a chore. The newly released book by Highland Park resident and Estate Life’s “Ask Mrs. McVeigh” columnist, Elise McVeigh, offers advice to parents with kids from PK through 5th grade.
Elise started Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners is 2003. It is the children’s manners division of Elise McVeigh’s Life Camp seminar company, offering tips to parents, young adults, and professionals on etiquette and getting organized. Last year, Elise was approached by Callisto Media. It seems there as a gap in the market for a book about how to teach manners to your children. Her approach– teaching parents how to teach their children manners and teaching children themselves in a very simple and logical way— made her the perfect author.
“After reading their outline, I realized that their idea was the book that I have always wanted to write for parents,” said Elise. “It will be a great compliment for the parents of the students who go through my in-person classes and to our on-line virtual classes. The best part about writing the book is that it made me think about even more topics than I had before for the Mrs. McVeigh’s Manners curriculum, and we are now up to over 70 manners topics,” Elise added.
The book is divided into categories of lessons that include: Everyday Etiquette; Good Impressions; Eating Right; Playing Nice; and Netiquette —rules for navigating the complex and ever-changing world of technology, social media, and online manners. (See this month’s Ask Mrs. McVeigh column for some greater advice on this important subject.)
Besides parents themselves, teachers and counselors are also a target audience for the book.
The chapters includes lessons, games, and activities for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels with a section at the end of each chapter to help answer some of the most common questions your young ones might ask.
“It not just about formal etiquette, it’s more about important and practical life lessons. You can use it at different ages throughout your child’s life,” Elise said. It is a fun and easy resource that you can pull out anytime you want to work on your children’s manners.”
Here’s what Callisto Media says about the newly published book: “You’ll first understand the best ways to teach manners, and why they make happy children into successful adults. Then, dive into chapters that address all the situations where manners matter most—from the ‘magic words’ to everyday scenarios like getting on an elevator or going out to eat. Look forward to watching your child flourish with excellent communication skills—and get prepared for even more compliments and invitations.”
A Parent’s Guide to Manners for Kids – Lessons, Games, and Activities for Home, School and Beyond was released as paperback last month and is also available as an EBook. The book is available on Amazon, Walmart.com, Barnes and Noble, Indie Bound, BAM, and Indigo.