Each time I take my two children out grocery shopping or errand running, I’m very mindful about their manners and social interaction. My wife has the same priorities, and our kids are generally well-behaved, especially in public. They are actually starting to get a bit of a reputation, I learned recently. A few months ago, I was out shopping with both kids at a local “big box store”. We stopped to pick up a sample from one of the tables at the end of an aisle. “Oh, you must be the father!” the sample lady suddenly exclaimed. “Why yes. Yes, I am,” I stumbled, unsure of her meaning.
There are lines in songs or books, maybe even a film that strikes a chord with people. We all have that one bit of philosophy that we go back to, that one song that catches our mood in a particular moment. The phrase from a movie I love is [...]
My kids are too young to realize it yet, but we live in a pretty negative world. We, as adults, are pessimistic about everything these days. From the weather to politics, to the state of the economy, everything is going for a big steamy poop. Just about everything we consume, [...]
When someone starts broaching the subject of finances with you, how do you respond? Do you dodge the question and try to change the subject as quickly as possible? Do you even know the answer to the question? Or do you come out swinging and blast them with your all-knowing [...]
The simplest and most effective thing a person can do to be personable is to have good manners. My mom thought me manners and how to be a gentleman since I was a young child. I remember sitting at a table and being quizzed about which spoon, fork or knife, [...]
“The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.” - Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States of America. As I have said in an earlier article, being personable to people in my youth was very difficult for me; I [...]
Here in Charleston, outgoing, lovely Southern Bells lay on the charm as thick as the syrupy sweet tea we all love. The ladies here like to dress in heals and Lilly Pulitzer dresses just to run to the grocery store. My shy, tom-boy of a daughter is only slightly out [...]