Eight local children age 6 to 10 are ready to impress their moms with 5-star service on Mother’s Day after taking an etiquette class taught by Janet Parnes, first impression and etiquette expert at etiquettefortoday.net, at Dabblers in West Concord.
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Grace Wilde and Haven Estabrook, both 8 and from Maynard, with Janet Parnes/ Kristi Palma/Boston.com staff
If you answered A) Stand up, you are right.
Parnes introduced herself to Grace Wilde and Haven Estabrook, both 8 and of Maynard, while sitting and then standing. The girls said they felt more important when Parnes stood to greet them.
Standing up shows respect, said Parnes, adding “When we show respect to other people, we show respect to ourselves.”
Other tips: smile, make eye contact, introduce yourself, and shake with a firm hand.
If you guessed C) Say, “I’ll have to ask my parents” you are correct.
According to Parnes, kids should always address adults as “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” “Ms.,” or “Miss” followed by their last names. If an adult asks a child to use his or her first name, the child should ask a parent before doing so.
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Here’s a handy tip for those who forget where to put the bread plate—let your hands be your guide. Here, Isabella “Bo” Cupp, 10, of Concord, makes a circle with the index and thumb fingers on each of her hands while keeping the remaining fingers straight. When she sets her hands on the table, her left hand forms a “b” for “bread plate” and her right hand forms a “d” for “dinner plate.” Therefore, the bread plate goes B) To the left of her dinner plate. Next