Letitia Baldrige's More Than Manners: Raising Today's Kids to Have Kind Manners and Good

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 30, 2008 - Family & Relationships - 288 pages
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American families are sick of rudeness, aggression, and unruly behavior. They are searching for ways to cool down society -- and bring up kids who win at life by peaceful, compassionate, and rational means, rather than the opposite. This is the book that casts out a new lifeline to them and speaks positively to their deepest needs and yearnings.

Explaining that kindness is the heart and core of civility and manners in any society, Letitia Baldrige, America's number one best-selling authority on manners, has finally written the book that millions have been waiting for: a road map to raising and guiding kids who succeed in life through decency and honor.

"It all starts in the home," says Baldrige, as she shows parents and other concerned adults how to teach kids to:

Gain respect and become leaders -- at home, at school, and in the larger world -- without becoming wimps or bullies.

Defuse explosive situations with words and actions that turn hostility into harmony.

Use conciliation instead of confrontation with peers, authority figures, and others.

Be courteous and compassionate with family and friends and out in public while still standing up for themselves.

Learn behaviors that will make them liked and respected and will make the world around
them a better place as they grow up. And much more...

Baldrige accomplishes this using real-life examples of encounters between adults and young people and the day-to-day interactions between young peers -- at home, at school, and out in the world -- plus the compelling and often personal true stories and anecdotes that have made her other books so warm and conversational and loved by millions.

In his longtime best-selling Book of Virtues, William Bennett showed us the values we should strive for to get life back on track again. In her book, Letitia Baldrige shows us how to apply those principles in everyday life, twenty-four hours a day -- and get results!

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Manners matter, but they're not enough, insists the queen of etiquette. By teaching children to be kind toward others, we can counteract the destructiveness and apathy that are sweeping our country. Read full review


Before You Begin This Book
Hellos and GoodByes
A Father Teaches His Son to Respect Women and Both Parents
Gay Bashing
When Someone Says Your Child Lies
Helping Your Child Build His Character
Blaming the Teacher
The Tragic Epidemic of Eating Disorders
Children of a Widowed Parent
The Single Father Who Cherishes His RoleRather Than
A Most Important Step
Some Quick Ways to Cool Conflicts in Stepfamilies
You Are a Great Stepparent If You

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About the author (2008)

LETITIA BALDRIGE's books on manners, business conduct, and human behavior have sold in the millions. Time magazine, in a cover story, called her "America's leading arbiter of manners." She has had a distinguished career in government and business. In her diplomatic career, she served in the American embassies in Paris and Rome. In the White House, she was chief of staff to Jacqueline Kennedy. She has been a top executive in corporate life and is now a marketing adviser to major companies and professional organizations and serves on many boards. She is a legendary figure on national TV and radio shows, on the university and corporate lecture circuit, and in print media.

She and her husband, Robert Hollensteiner, live in Washington, D.C., and have two married children, two grandchildren, and many godchildren, nieces, and nephews, all of whom have served as resources in her writing.

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