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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

How about a Handshake?

Friday's Thought

What grandchild (or any of us, for that matter) couldn’t use a few more manners? With a little imagination, teaching kids about manners can be a lot of fun!

In the July/August/September issue of the e-zine Encouraging Women with Hearts for their Homes, June Moore's column shared about the correct way to shake someone’s hand. After reading June's article, you may want to have a little fun with your grand.

If you have a young grandchild, he/she could dress up and you could practice shaking one another's hand—the correct way. My guess is that you'll share a few laughs, too.

Here's an example: Your grand could dress up as a principal, doctor, or a parent. And you could play the role of a teacher (meeting the principal), nurse (greeting the doctor), or an adult friend (meeting the parent). After shaking hands, switch roles.

Older grands, especially those wanting to start part-time jobs, may be eager to learn this social grace.

FYI, June's new book is called Manners Made Easy for the Family. She has written many others including You Can Raise a Well-Mannered Child.

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