It’s Part 3 of our series “The Art of Etiquette”! As women who seek to further God’s kingdom in our day-to-day lives, we are entrusted with the responsibility to govern the hearts of ourselves and our families. Whether you’re single, married, with children or an empty-nester, these simple and practical tips on behavior, manners, conduct and etiquette will inspire and encourage you to continue to serve the Lord with excellence.
Now, grab yourself a cup of tea and let’s journey together through “The Art of Etiquette”!
And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. | Colossians 3:23
As moms, scheduling play dates for your kids (and you!) is one of the best benefits of living in community! Since there are a lot of mommas out there, we thought some basics on etiquette for kids play dates would be a help, especially as we kick off a new school year!
- Since small children can be at the “everything goes in my mouth” stage for a while, bring a blanket and a few toys for your child to help those little germs stay contained. 🙂 Although germs are bound to be spread, every little bit of containment helps!
- Pack snacks for your kiddos, but be mindful of any allergies other children might have.
- If you aren’t hosting the play date, or if you are meeting up out-and-about, be sure to arrive on time. If you’re running behind just communicate your ETA as a courtesy to your host.
- If meeting in someone else’s home, communicate to your host beforehand if you’ll need to nap a child in a separate room so the host can make arrangements if needed.
- Offer to bring something to share for the other moms, especially if you are meeting at the same home every time. An extra hand and/or treat is always appreciated. 🙂
- Make any new moms to the group feel welcome. New environments and friendships can be vulnerable, so go out of your way to make conversation with the new moms to put them at ease.
- Always lend a hand for cleaning up, and have your child(ren) do the same. Many hands make light work, and it will encourage looking forward to future get-togethers!
Etiquette Tip 8: Cell Phones
In this age of technology with texting and messaging on the rise, the art of common communication courtesies is unfortunately loosing it’s place in society. Here are simple etiquette tips for texting/messaging and phone calling that will encourage authentic relationship, and restore the significance of communication!
- As a rule of thumb, if you are with people then make them your focus. Put the phone away and engage with the humans around you! Also, if you are with people, put your phone on silent.
- When you are out-and-about in a store, theatre, restaurant, etc., be mindful of the people around you. Put the phone away, rather than continuing that long conversation with your sister-in-law about plans for the next family reunion. As interesting as that might be to you, it can be distracting, and even rude, to those around you.
- If you are with people and you are awaiting an urgent phone call, or are a parent needing to be sure to be a available for a call from your children, let the people you are with know that there might be an interruption at some point, but that you are fully engaged otherwise.
- If you have received a text, message, email or voicemail, do your best to respond within 24 hours. Even if you don’t have an answer quite yet, it is a common courtesy to let the messenger know they’ve gotten through to you.
- Likewise, if you are the messenger, give the person on the other end the courtesy of 24 hours to respond to you.
- Reserve texting, messaging and emailing for information, affirmation and encouragement. Confrontation, conflict or potentially sad news is best handled in person or with a phone call.
Amanda Clowser + Ronda Waters | New Song Women Home Bloggers