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by Taylor Combs
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In a society dominated by impolite teenagers more interested cultivating text-messaging skills than perfecting the curtsy, some companies are teaching traditional social skills at nationwide etiquette workshops.

According to Cindy Grosso, the founder of the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, a key difference exists between manners and etiquette. “Etiquette is how you go about doing the manners,” Grosso said. “Children and even some adults have not been taught proper etiquette. Your manners and etiquette are not actions but rather symptoms of your attitude.”

The lack of manner use by children is a result of the increasing business of today’s parents, according to Patricia Fitzpatrick from The Etiquette School of New York. “Etiquette workshops are important because they teach children how to properly conduct themselves in all of their activities,” Fitzpatrick said. “Unfortunately, neither parents nor teachers have the time to teach children many of the basic social skills that give children the confidence to deal with new situations and get along with others.”

The Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette runs a children’s summer camp called Civil Savvy that teaches children self-confidence, leadership and social skills. The program, which lasts 4 days over the summer, is in its 8th year.

“Children repeat the summer, or siblings come back in the years after,” Grosso said. “There is a benefit. It stays with people, they always remember how to shake hands, or how to dine properly.”

Although etiquette may seem antiquated, both Grosso and Fitzpatrick said that etiquette at its core doesn’t really change, it just incorporates new ideas.

“Modern day etiquette and the etiquette taught in colonial days and the 19th Century are alike in that then, as in modern times, kind, courteous and considerate behavior toward others was the most important element of etiquette,” Fitzpatrick said. “Of course with modern civilization, there are many more rules of etiquette due to technology and an ever-growing population, which make it ever more important and necessary to know the rules in order to get along with each other in a civilized manner.”

The Etiquette School of New York, based in Manhattan and the Charleston School of Protocol and Etiquette, based in South Carolina, both offer workshops for children and adults.

Author: Taylor Combs

Source: Too Shy to Stop

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