Canada Manners

My Apologies, But Your Manners Are Absolutely Appalling

Lianne Castelino | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Lianne Castelino

Manners are increasingly taking a back seat and it shows. What stuns me is how completely oblivious people are to their own lack of manners in a given situation, but how quick they are to point out ill-mannered others. Time to take an etiquette selfie. You might be aghast at what you see.

What Does RSVP Truly Mean?

Jenna Em | Posted 05.30.2016 | Canada Living
Jenna Em

Undoubtedly you've seen the words RSVP printed on wedding, birthday party, or similar invitations -- but do you truly know what RSVP means in English, and how these words should be interpreted?

Saying Please And Thank You Is Always Necessary

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 04.28.2016 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

"Please" and "thank you" are simple words, and yet it seems that most people don't use them enough. Basic etiquette is often missing in society, in both our personal lives as well as our professional ones. You can make yourself stand out in a rude society by remembering your manners, treating people as respected individuals, and doing what others are unwilling to do.

How To Be Polite And Respectful On Public Transit

Lisa Orr | Posted 04.05.2016 | Canada Living
Lisa Orr

Whether it's helping a new mom with her stroller and bags or if it's giving up a seat to someone who looks like they might need it more than you do, being helpful to others is all part of being a good public transit citizen.

Let Kids Open Presents At Birthday Parties, Please!

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There has been something that's been bothering me in recent years, while taking my kids to birthday parties. It's the "present-opening" time of the event -- or lack thereof. Yes, there's a trend towards not opening presents and I'm trying to figure out why.

Parents, Educators Can't Teach Life Lessons For You

Blair King | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Parents
Blair King

We have one dad in boy's baseball who, when asked to help out as volunteer umpire, was happily willing to bend the rules in favour of his child's team. What sort of example do you set for your child when he sees his dad make clearly incorrect calls to ensure his team wins?

Getting Your Kids to Master Back to School Manners

Lisa Orr | Posted 08.28.2015 | Canada Parents
Lisa Orr

At my house in the summer we all get a little wild. We stay up too late, we don't always brush our hair, and sometimes we even go barefoot. But in a few short days the school bells will ring and it will be back to civilization, which means it is also time that we are all back to being on our best behaviour.

Take This Seven-Day Politeness Challenge

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 05.29.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

Recently, I was in the grocery store spending what I considered to be a large amount of money. I am friendly, chatty and polite. My cashier wasn't interested at all. When I paid her and said, "Thank you," all I got back was an "Un-huh." For the next seven days, make a point to be polite and use manners that would make your grandmother smile.

Three Ways to Peaceful Posting

Linda Lauren | Posted 04.19.2015 | Canada Living
Linda Lauren

Today more than ever it's important to be judicious with what you click on in the fast streams of information and people that pass through your computer. For healthy endorsement and effective peaceful posting, consider the following.

Seven Hallmarks of Good Holiday Behavior

Karen Cleveland | Posted 02.18.2015 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Tis the season...The holidays can feel like you're partying like it is your job, and that very well might be true for the next few weeks. Here are the...

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, either.)...