Canada Manners

Mind Your (Mobile) Manners In Front of Your Kids

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.03.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

While using a phone in the bathroom isn't technically dangerous, it is of course extremely unhygienic... and more than a little off-putting. Texting and driving is extremely dangerous, and doing it in front of your teenager doubles the danger, as they see our behaviour as normal and potentially mimic it when they start driving.

Keep It In Your Pants. Your Phone, That Is

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.16.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The survey showed that respondents overwhelmingly admit to using their smartphone to tune someone out, or to avoid conversation. Fully 75 per cent of people said they purposefully use their smartphone to tune people out and nearly a third (30 per cent) even admitted to doing so on the day they were surveyed.

What I Learned This Week -- What To Do When You Don't Remember Their Name

Andy Nulman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Canada
Andy Nulman

'm sure that at one point in your life -- or many, like me -- you've shared my pain by being put in situations similar to this one, where the happy innocent becomes the uneasy victim. And what I learned this week is the Express Pass/Golden Ticket out of them.

Why Do Our Kids Hate the Home Phone Line?

Kathy Kaufield | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Kaufield

My girls have never wanted to answer the phone when it rings or make calls or be the voice on our recorded message. When I pass them the phone to chat with their grandmothers, they look at me like I handed them a grenade. I've reviewed some rules of phone etiquette with them (with obviously not enough emphasis on the consequences of prank calls!), but they need practise to feel confident.

WTF: Tips On How to Swear Well

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Fulsang

There's a time and a place for everything, swearing included. But if you don't swear well -- at the right time, in the right place, to the right crowd -- you just sound, well, uneducated and déclassé. So, a few pointers on the topic:

The Basic Etiquette You Should Teach Your Kids

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 06.08.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Fulsang

Don't talk about people behind their backs. Well, maybe just with your mom or dad or your best friend, but not with the crowd. It's very uncool and it will come back to bite you. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

A Love Letter To Canadians And Their Good Manners

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.07.2014 | Canada

There's a reason why travellers from around the world slap Canadian flags on their backpacks. Everyone knows Canadians have the best manners. And ...

SavvyMom Roundup: The Royal Baby, the 7-Minute Workout and More

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 09.23.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

It's no surprise that the royal baby tops my list--I will admit to being as excited as anyone when that baby was safely born. But what I can't help but think about is the pressure for Kate to emerge from the hospital and show off baby George, which she and Prince William did so graciously.

Have Wedding Gifts (and Expectations) Gotten Out of Hand?

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.17.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

The subject of wedding gifts, from the lead up events, to the expectations on guests, to the cost of all the rigmarole, is a loaded one. To set the record straight, it's nice to bring a gift to a wedding, it's a norm some might say, but couples are never to expect or demand a gift. That reeks of entitlement.

There's a Time to Text and a Time to Talk

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.

Has Politeness Become Passé?

Sue Jacques | Posted 06.22.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

I remember meeting an executive at a corporate reception a couple of years ago who was bemoaning the fact that he's just too busy to deal with what he called "the niceties" of peer-to-peer communication. According to him, there just aren't enough hours in the day to swap insignificant comments of courtesy. When he said, "I wish people would just get to the point" it struck such a chord in me that I Tweeted about it, suggesting that maybe he's missing the point:

Handwritten Notes: For When an Email Just Won't Cut It

Karen Cleveland | Posted 04.01.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Emails are to the art of letter writing what instant coffee is to a meticulously crafted espresso. I know, I know, email is so much more convenient than sitting down to write a note by hand. Not every message warrants a handwritten note, but don't write them off entirely (horrible pun intended).

Will Your Kid Be Polite This Christmas?

Minnow Hamilton | Posted 02.22.2013 | Canada Living
Minnow Hamilton

Welcome to the holiday season, prime time for showing off your kids' manners (or lack thereof). Remember that sharing and saying "thank you" (even when they don't like the gift) are learned behaviours. Here are our 10 secrets that we hope will bring some civility to your next family fete.

Five Ways to Holiday Shopping Salvation

Karen Cleveland | Posted 02.09.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

A daunting shopping list, annoying music at full volume, crowds of people walking with their heads down texting...welcome to the fresh hell that is holiday shopping. The stress of shopping can make even the most festive, patient person want to start throwing elbows, but some of the trauma can be curbed with these five tips.

Your Essential Holiday Hosting Party Planner For 2012

2 For Couples | Karen Cleveland | Posted 11.12.2012 | Canada Style

A bit of planning leading up to a holiday party is the key to quelling any hosting anxieties. (An extra shot of rum in the eggnog can't hurt, eith...

New Family Rule: Ditch Distractions at the Dinner Table

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

Technology has invaded our dinner space with television, tablets, and of course the constant use of smartphones, with email and texting. Eliminate the distractions and start talking. Mom and dad need to be the role models for this behaviour, so put away the phone before you sit down at the table, and make it a family rule.

Teaching Your Kids Mobile Manners

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 11.19.2012 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

According to a new study, 48 per cent of Canadian parents with children aged 11 and over now let their kids carry a cell phone. With a new school year well underway, this presents a new learning challenge for parents: How to teach their kids to use their cellphones appropriately. Not just from a safety perspective but from a "mobile manners" point of view as well.

Good Table Manners Are Sexy

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.04.2012 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

I love talking contemporary etiquette, but I get equally as excited (yes, I said it: excited) about the perennial, classic content. Good table manners are one such topic. Good table manners are sexy. Jamming one's napkin down his or her collar, is not.

Public Transportation: People at Their Worst

Kelsey Malenchak | Posted 07.23.2012 | Canada Living
Kelsey Malenchak

Walking the streets of a big city, you begin to notice how there is a lack of common sense around you. Or maybe it's the lack of everyday respect and kindest in our modern world. I'm not a bitter person but there are some things that have really begun to irritate me. I've noticed a significant decline in people's kindness and respect for others.

Your New Year's Resolution: Be More Like Keanu

Ben Johnson | Posted 02.28.2012 | Canada Living
Ben Johnson

Keanu Reeves is a better man than you. Clearly, I'm not talking about his acting prowess -- if you can muster any emotional depth beyond some version of "stunned confusion" it's safe to say that you have more acting depth than Mr. Reeves. No, I'm talking about something he has that most men these days don't: Manners.

Do Torontonians Need An Etiquette Lesson?

CP | Linda Shearman, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.07.2012 | Canada

TORONTO - Call him Mr. Manners.A Toronto man is doing his part to try making Canada's most populous city a little more polite.Christopher Rouleau, 29,...

Talking Turkey, Eh?

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 12.09.2011 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

There are many things to be thankful for when you have children: your mom decided to serve dinner buffet style, so the kids can choose what they like. One piece of broccoli and four pieces of bread? Fine. Don't care. Sit down and shut up.

Canadians vs. Americans: The Final Showdown of Manners

Miranda Frum | Posted 10.24.2011 | Canada
Miranda Frum

Canadians are famously polite, but as I have found as an American living in Canada, this may just be a very convenient stereotype. Politeness does not automatically mean you are also kinder, or more generous, or a generally better person than another.

Mind Your Manners Canada: Experts

The Canadian Press | Posted 08.23.2011 | Canada

THE CANADIAN PRESS -- TORONTO - Prince William and Kate have good reason to hope that Canada's history doesn't repeat itself during their upcoming roy...