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While there are certainly plenty of etiquette and "finishing" schools in the market, at The PoliteChild® we prefer to think of ourselves as the "starting line" — good manners must be adopted early, used consistently, and become part of normal and daily interaction - a new habit - in order for it not to look stilted or affected. True confidence in dealing with any social circumstances comes with being comfortable with the rules of conduct and proper behaviors.

Unlike traditional finishing schools or charm classes, our courses provide instruction far beyond just etiquette and protocol. We believe our focus must FIRST be on the fundamentals. Our program is built around the timeless concepts of the "3 Cs": Courtesy, Caring, and Compassion. The Golden Rule – "Treat others the way YOU want THEM to treat You" – is the cornerstone of all our courses, and these critical foundations are used and reinforced in everything that we teach.

All of our unique courses are designed to meet the learning needs of the specific age groups for which they are taught, making them fun as well as educational, and they accommodate these needs through class sizes, class length, and content tailored for each age group.

At The PoliteChild we dispel a number of "myths" and support this through our distinctive program. These myths include:

  • Myth #1: You don't need an "outsider" to teach social skills and manners; it should be part of every child's at-home learning.

    Ideally, children should be using these critical lifeskills at home, where they can be constantly reinforced. The reality is, however, that many parents may have not been taught the proper rules of good behavior and basic proper conduct by their parents, or are so busy that traditional venues for learning social skills - like the family dining table - no longer provide primary teaching opportunities.

    The PoliteChild program includes a number of tools, both for children participating in the courses, and for their parents as well, that helps further educate and reinforce those lessons learned in the classroom. The goal is to transfer these new skills beyond the classroom experience, to help students incorporate them as natural modes of behavior.
  • Myth #2: Younger children aren't ready to learn good manners.

    Children love to learn, and, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic, the basic foundations of social skills and good manners can be taught to even the youngest pre-schooler. In fact, early education and adoption of good manners can help ensure that these behaviors "stick" and become part of the child's normal mode of personal interaction.

    The SocialSmarts series of courses is designed to meet the educational needs and learning tendencies of the different age groups to which we offer classes. This ensures that students are exposed to and acquire age-appropriate concepts, which is key to mastering these new skills and developing social self-esteem.
  • Myth #3: Learning social skills is boring and dry.

    Learning a new skill - any new skill - is easier if it's made interesting. Good manners and social skills are no different. SocialSmarts courses are intrinsically designed to capture the attention and interest of the student - in age-appropriate ways - combining conceptual instruction with hands-on activities and other engaging teaching techniques. Ask a PoliteChild student if they're having fun while they are learning and you'll see that our courses in social skills are anything but boring!
  • Myth #4: You don't need good social skills in today's informal world

While most of our kids won't need the highest and most advanced forms of etiquette, every child (and adult!) can benefit from learning how to conduct themselves appropriately in a variety of situations.  The goal of social interaction should be to leave a positive impression and to put the other people at ease.  Whether you are dining formally, meeting a prospective boss, or just getting together with friends and family, knowing what behavior is expected and correct, and leading with consideration and respect for others is a critical skill.  Social skills are the most important factor in your child's future success, so their importance can't be overlooked.


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