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Manners Matter

11/5/2008   Comment on This

With the holidays coming up, I have been thinking about my kids coming home. They both go to major universities.

I was at a party the other night, and the topic of conversation was where all of our kids go to school. It's amazing to me the "bragging" rights that parents have about where their kids go to school: "Mine goes to Illinois," "My kid goes to Stanford," "My kid goes to Harvard." Blah, blah, blah--you get the idea.

Frankly, school is overrated, but you have to go. It's overrated BUT you have to go. So many of our successful people such as Bill Gates didn't finish college. The only thing that separates us from one college to the next is our first job. I would take a kid with will over skill any day. It's not where you go, it's what you do with the degree.

I am not saying one should not do their best to get into a good school. It's just that instead of pressuring their child about where to go to school, the pressure should be on them to have some good manners and social skills. Shake an adult's hand firmly. Look them in the eye. Have some grace. Say: "Hello, how are you? It's nice to see you," "It's nice to meet you," etc.

It's amazing to me that many kids from ALL areas would get an F in social skills. Good school, bad school, sad school--if Mommy and Daddy don't start to teach these kids social skills and manners, Obama or no Obama, this country is in a heap of trouble.

Do you agree? Let me know what you think!

 

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