Category: Establishing Protocol in Homes

Lighten the Load: Mannerly Songs for the Children in your Life

Looking for fun and effective ways, with sparkle, to teach your little ones about manners? Don’t forget to sing together. The right kind of music lifts the soul and fills the heart with gladness. Good stuff for all of us! While many realize this, I see some very tired adults lately, struggling valiantly to educate…


What You See is What You Get … Sorta

Today was a beautiful fall day with some rare quiet time at my house. Such a treat with an extra hour or so to go through a box of mail, papers, and magazines that have set too long and are begging to be sorted. They’re full of good articles that I wanted to re-read. One…


What is a Gentleman?

We see Christianity’s timeless, powerful and wise influence upon the world of manners from one of my older etiquette book’s first chapter: “What is a gentleman? The question is an old one. It cannot be ancestry, for often the son of the most noble and honored parentage is merely a coarse compound of clay and…


Double Duty Discovery: Expository Writing Assignment Using Protocol Matters

Dear Ms. Deb… I’m happy you chose Protocol Matters for your students’ expository assignment. How thoughtful of you to keep me in the loop with your email. Thank you!¬† Other than keeping me on my toes, (which is a welcome exercise) you are certainly no trouble….


Don’t worry, be Happy

In case you haven’t noticed–happiness includes more than thinking right thoughts. It involves wise actions that are taught and learned. Insightful training and the practices of good manners, including¬† etiquette’s many trustworthy Christian based rules, contribute greatly to happiness. Yes, they do!…


A Stitch in Time

The saying “Good manners are the stitches that hold the fabric of society together” also applies to the home front. Happy households are safe places where individual actions and words build up others, rather than tear down….


Design a Table

Hard to realize its planning time again for the new school year. I will soon post some details about one of my favorite assignments where we combine art and protocol lessons.¬† Its fun, creative, and introduces students to proper table settings as well as good design principles. Give me another week and I’ll share some…


Retreat?

Thanks to Mrs. True for her recent Question and Comment– Question: Does anyone do a protocol retreat? We watched Princes Diaries and it got me thinking we ladies could use similar coaching. It would be so fun! Better than a quilt retreat or a Harley convention!…