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
Kind Manners Every Child Should Have
When a Child Asks Why Do I Have to Be Kind?
Hellos and GoodByes
Remember Your Child Is Watching You
Modesty Is Intrinsic in Good Manners
Teach Your Kids Respect for Authority Figures in Their Lives
A Father Teaches His Son to Respect Women and Both Parents Show Respect for One Another at Home
SECTION IIYour Child at School
SECTION IIIGrowing Up in the World
SECTION IVCommunications
Customs and Rituals
Someones Gone
The Kids Learn How to Talk About Whats Happened
Children of a Widowed Parent

Why Complimenting Your Spouse Will Help Your Kids Have Kind Hearts
The Treasure Chest of Praise for a Child
Teach Your Children To Give and Receive Compliments with Grace
The Bad Habit of Badmouthing People
Gay Bashing
Bigotry and Prejudice
Kindness Around Us
Preparing Young People to Handle Hostility and Anger
When Someone Says Your Child Lies Cheats or Steals
A Conscience? Whats That?
A Personal Philosophy
A Young Person and the Question of Character
Helping Your Child Build His Character
Giving Your Kids Spiritual Values
Cultivating the Art of Leadership in Kids
Kindness Competition and Mayhem
The News About How Parrents Jobs Affect Childrens Attitudes
PART IIPracticing Kind Behavior Out in the World
SECTION IA Young Person Out in the World
Children of Divorce
Taking Sidesor Not
When the Childrens Father Is a NoShow at Joint Custody Time
The Single Father Who Cherishes His RoleRather Than Complaining
Romance and Sex in Front of Children
Kindness to Kids When a New Family Begins to Form
A Most Important Step
A Meeting of the Board
Answering the NittyGritty Questions
Some Quick Ways to Good Conflicts in Stepfamilies
What Kids Worry About in Stepfamilies
When The Visiting Make It Tough Going for Mom
A Stepmother Speaks About This Mutual Culture Shock
You Are a Great Stepparent If You
A Final Word
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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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