"Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society." -- Confucius
"The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any." -- Fred Astaire
"Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners." -- Author Unknown
"They never grow old, they're always brand new, those three little words, please and thank you."
-- "Ernest Saves Christmas" movie
"Please" and "thank you" are two of the most important phrases you learn as a child.
While many people in society think proper etiquette is a dying art form, Marilyn Adamson disagrees.
"Today's parents are teaching proper manners to their children," Adamson said of the many children she has seen take part in classes since her business began in January. "The main goal of this program is to reinforce the manners they already know through teaching them again in a fun, interactive and effective way."
Adamson began her business, Positively Polite...Etiquette for Children, LLC., in January after she got the inspiration from a nephew attending an etiquette class in Indianapolis.
"I thought is was such a great idea for children," Adamson said.
She has taught 54 students from kindergarten through fifth-grade and plans to bring good manners where ever there are children.
"When a child has good manners they develop more self-confidence from the knowledge of knowing the proper way to behave in social settings," said Adamson of social skills like having and being friends, compliments and showing proper appreciation and proper table manners.
The course includes four weekly lessons that cover Dining at Home, Restaurant Etiquette, Social Etiquette and Respect Class. Students learn how to eat without behaving like a caveman and how to show courtesy to their family and friends.
"The most important thing about etiquette is showing respect for each other," Adamson said about the final lesson in the program. "Showing each other proper respect makes life a lot more pleasant for all of us."