Good manners reduces bullying

Children’s Manners Class: “Beyond Please and Thank You”
What: The San Joaquin County Historical Museum and Mary Claire Attebery of “Beyond Please and Thank You” present a four-part series of classes.
When: 1 to 2:30 p.m. with manners in school Saturday; manners in public April 24; manners in the home May 8; and social dining etiquette May 15.
Where: San Joaquin County Historical Museum, 11793 N. Micke Grove Road, Lodi
Admission: $25 per class or $90 for the series of four. Tickets to a “Good Manners Tea” on May 1 are $25.
Information: (209) 331-2055 or www.sanjoaquin history.org

Good manners keep children safe, help them learn more effectively, take the stress out of restaurant outings and make for proud grandparents.

At the San Joaquin County Historical Museum in Micke Grove Park in Lodi, a four-part class in manners will focus on manners in school, in public and at home and social dining etiquette.

It’s a program inspired by an exhibit at the museum titled “Good Manners: Everyday Etiquette Past & Present,” on display through May 23.

“We like to present programming for children and adults that coincides with our exhibits. We are fortunate to have a well-known etiquette instructor who is local, Mary Claire Attebery. She will be teaching this series,” said Robin Wood, education coordinator at the museum. “You can sign up for one class or all four.”

Attebery said the 90-minute sessions are “fun, fluffy and never stuffy.” The classes are geared for children 6 to 12.

Attebery — who has been instructing children, adults and businesspeople on “mannerly communication” since 2002 — said good social graces never go out of style.

“Everyone is so stressed, worried and fearful, that manners are more important than ever,” she said. “With good manners, we can connect and solve problems more effectively.”

Attebery cites studies that show manners reduce bullying on school campuses, because part of practicing social etiquette is to show consideration and respect of others.

Learning good manners, Attebery said, also builds confidence in young people.

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