Manners That Matter for Moms: The Essential Book of Life Skills for Your Kids

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Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient for Excellence in Parenting Books

Corporate trainer and mentor Maralee McKee turns her attention to the home and shares the simple, savvy, and sincere skills kids need in order to flourish in today's culture.

Skills for each stage of life make this the go-to book for moms with children of any age. Readers will learn how to impart the basic ...

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Overview

Mom's Choice Awards Gold Recipient for Excellence in Parenting Books

Corporate trainer and mentor Maralee McKee turns her attention to the home and shares the simple, savvy, and sincere skills kids need in order to flourish in today's culture.

Skills for each stage of life make this the go-to book for moms with children of any age. Readers will learn how to impart the basic tools that empower kids to relate to others well, as well as...

  • gain self-confidence by learning to make conversation pleasant, not painful
  • overcome self-doubt by mastering new etiquette for today's on-the-go, casual, techno-savvy families
  • develop the interpersonal skills that will help them become the best version of themselves they can be in any setting

Fun, practical, and thoroughly up-to-date, this manual offers everything moms need to equip their kids to flourish in their relationships.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Moms, are you looking for a map to guide your children on the right roads, around the detours, and through the scenic routes so that your child will shine with a heart of kindness? Manners That Matter for Moms is a current and friendly GPS designed specifically for you to navigate your children toward a genuine consideration for others, which is unquestionably the essence of manners. In this intimate book written in mom-to-mom style, Maralee shares personal stories that span the gamut of our emotions and identify our unasked questions. As a mom of two boys, Maralee gets how hard it is today to raise gracious children in our often raw culture. This book will give you the how-to of making manners not merely a list of rules. Your children will never be stilted or performing. You'll find here how to make manners an easy, impressive way of life that benefits your child and your family and is in sync with how we live today."
--Janie Upchurch, author of Finding Herself Blessed

"One aspect of parenting is to craft with great intentionality the behavior of a child in order to ultimately shape their heart. Manners build character. Start today with Maralee's book as your guide."
--Ron Deal, author of The Smart Stepfamily, director, Blended Family Ministries and FamilyLife

"Manners that Matter for Moms covers the most important topics in child rearing in a light but informative way. The book was reassuring for me and is sure to be a blessing to young moms who want what is best for their children. At some point, we all come to the end of instructing our children and let them go into the world to make their own decisions. It's nice to see that our hard work of setting examples and instructing makes a child into a great adult. This book is a great compass for moms."
--Kim Alexis, supermodel, author, and TV host

"Manners matter, and since our children will live in our homes only 21 percent of our lifetimes, it's essential that we reach them through simple daily connection points. In a time when manners seem all but forgotten, your children will have a huge advantage if you show them how to carry themselves wisely. Maralee McKee will teach you how to do that in this practical life-application resource, which systematically guides parents in building extremely successful kids."
--Dwight Bain, director of the LifeWorks Group, executive director, International Christian Coaching Association

"What a joy it is for me to endorse Maralee's new book on manners. I feel very strongly that America needs this information and encouragement so moms (and dads!) can teach their kids proper behavior. Maralee, in her warm, practical, and up-to-date style, shares simple skills children will need in order to flourish in our current culture. Young adults who haven't been exposed to these skills while growing up could also use this book. Regardless of your age, it will help you gain confidence in all your relationships. This information is broader than just etiquette. It takes so little to be above average, and this book will help you do that."
--Emilie Barnes, founder of More Hours in My Day, speaker, and author of over 70 books

"Maralee's writing is compassionate and completely engaging. This immensely helpful guide offers parents and children timeless principles for kindness, sensitivity, and courtesy in today's world."
--Jan Parish, author of Peak with Books and Doors to Discovery, founder, Playful Early Learners

"Want to give your child a social safety net? Maralee McKee shows how manners provide just that--they put us at ease and help us to put others at ease so that we can feel confident to go and turn the world upside down for God!"
--Sheila Wray Gregoire, author, To Love, Honor and Vacuum

"Manners That Matter to Moms is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736944892
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Maralee McKee is a sought-after expert in social interactions at work, at home, and in the community. She has taught thousands of children in her Manners Mentor classes, and her corporate clients include Hyatt, Chick-fil-A, State Farm, Campus Crusade, and AT&T. Maralee and her husband live in Florida with their two sons.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Christy Jordan 9

1 Moms like You and Me 11

2 Twenty-Year Prayers 19

3 A Gentle Word and a Tender Way 25

4 The Five-Star First Impression 37

5 How Do You Do Your "How-Do-You-Do's"? 49

6 Turning Strangers into Friends 63

7 Conversation Skills-What You Say and How You Say It 71

8 Compliments-the Seeds of Destiny 85

9 Wonder Words and the Wonders They Work 99

10 Gracious Hosts and Great Guests 113

11 Giving and Receiving Gifts Gleefully 127

12 Growing in Gratitude 137

13 Bathroom and Bodily Noise Etiquette…Oh My! 149

14 Life Skills Learned at the Dining Table 161

15 FUNdamentals of Dining and Secret Signals 175

16 Fast-Food to Five-Star Table Manners 191

17 Dining Do's, Don'ts, and How-To's 203

Encouragement and Blessings 213

Maralee's Best Zucchini Bread 215

Manners That Matter for Moms Top-100 Checklist 217

Notes 221

Bibliography 222

Acknowledgments 223

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Perfect for the modern day mom!!! I enjoyed this book so much an

    Perfect for the modern day mom!!! I enjoyed this book so much and learned a lot. Of course, I've been teaching my daughter her pleases and thank-yous but this made me realize how I can further enhance her skills so that she can be successful in developing relationships with her friends, family, and others. The author is a mom and it is evident as she refers to not only the great days, but also the days when our patience is running low and we are ready to pass the children on to the next person who comes through the front door. You know we've all been there! :) What's neat is there are real-life examples so you know how to put them into practice with your own child. The book does not come across as preachy or nagging or as a list of do's and don'ts. Rather, it's more like sitting down with a friend over a cup of coffee and learning some new ways to further enhance your child's development so they can shine even brighter! I highly recommend this book!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Yes, Manners That Matter for Moms: The Essential Book of Life Sk

    Yes, Manners That Matter for Moms: The Essential Book of Life Skills for Your Kids is a book about manners so moms will know how to help their children know everything they need to, as Maralee McKee the author says, "equip their kids to flourish in their relationships." But, just because it is written by a mom for moms, don't think there isn't a wealth of much needed information for dads, grandparents and teachers, to use with our children and grandchildren . . . and with ourselves, because there is! Manners is not about a list of do's and don'ts which you only need in the most formal of situations. It is not just about knowing when to say please, thank you and excuse me. Maralee says manners are about, "developing the interpersonal skills which will help them become the best versions of themselves they can be in any setting." We all need to know how to do this, for sure!

    In Manners that Matter for Moms, Maralee shares some of her own story which is sure to touch and encourage you; and show you the love, grace and power of our amazing God! She then covers everything from how to make a "five-star first impression", to what to say and how to say it, to bathroom and bodily noise etiquette, to dining do's and don'ts - and so much more! If you ever wondered what to say or do, how to say or do it and when not to say it or do it, this book will give you the answers! Plus, Maralee, in her sweet, kind and gracious way, shares this much needed information as a friend! What more could you want?!

    This is a book you can recommend to your family and friends! It is a book for you to read as well. Watch for the release of Manners that Matter for Moms, October 1, 2012 and while you wait for this book to show up on the shelves at your local book store, take a moment to check out Maralee's blog and her facebook page and become part of her Manner's Mentor family . . . you'll be so glad you did!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Wow! I have been walking around reading this book for the last c

    Wow! I have been walking around reading this book for the last couple of days, and I just can't put it down. I was hoping for a modern approach to manners from a Christian perspective, and I got that, but so much more. Yes, this will help me gently correct my daughter's table manners, but the person who will learn the most from this is me. Maralee McKee's warm, conversational approach to bringing civility back into the home comes at a time when this kind of perspective is so desperately needed. And I love the Biblical wisdom and insight into manners, and why they are crucial. This will be my go-to baby shower gift - it is that essential! An absolute must read for new moms, and those of us who have been at it for a little while.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    Manners that Matter for Moms is a fun, practical book full of su

    Manners that Matter for Moms is a fun, practical book full of suggestions and tips that will help our children (and ourselves) to feel more confident navigating in different social settings. While reading the book I felt as if I was sitting down and talking to a friend over tea. The skills taught are the most relevant skills for our busy lives today. After reading the chapters on dining skills, I was surprised to find myself teaching my preschoolers what I learned the very next day. I feel confident that the next time I attend a banquet I will know what glass is mine! One of my favorite things about the book is the Inspiration and Application section at the end of each chapter. This is where Maralee gives the reader a Biblical purpose for each skill set taught. Seeing the Biblical Inspiration for Manners helped me to understand why Manners are so important. They don't make us fake, instead they teach us to be thoughtful and purposeful in our interactions with others making ourselves shine as positive example's of Christianity.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2012

    Manners that Matter for Moms is not only a primer for our chil


    Manners that Matter for Moms is not only a primer for our children, it is a reminder and teacher to us adults. It shows us how we can incorporate the lovely into the ordinary, making it easier to navigate our days in honor and beauty. If my assessment sounds a bit flowery, know that Manners that Matter to Moms is genuinely practical. Also, it is fun to read as Maralee shares a variety of personal stories that will make us laugh and warm our hearts. My children were all getting copies for Christmas, but I doubt that I will keep them stashed away that long. I am beginning to view them as Happy Fall gifts.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Great book and beautifully written...It's an easy understandable

    Great book and beautifully written...It's an easy understandable read that will help guide parents in teaching their children manners and etiquette..Manners as taught by Maralee in the book are a sweet tangible example of God's sweet grace to others.....It's a great reference tool to keep on hand when that awkward situation ever arises ,and you need a "graceful" way to handle things..
    Makes a wonderful gift,,especially for expectant moms or grandmothers...It's my new fabulous favorite gift to give at baby showers......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Maralee McKee has written a wonderful book of life skills for Mo

    Maralee McKee has written a wonderful book of life skills for Moms and children. It 's funny, informative and charming. McKee has clear answers to the problems that children can come across when dealing with social situations. She gives them practical advice to help them become more confident and self-assured.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Maralee McKee has put together an excellent resource for anyone

    Maralee McKee has put together an excellent resource for anyone who is helping to raise a child. She gives timely and excellent advice about how to handle the many challenges that families face today. I highly recommend this book as a manual to be referred to again and again. It's a handy guide that gives practical support for helping children to grow in a positive direction.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2012

    "Manners That Matter for Moms is a truly magnificent book t

    "Manners That Matter for Moms is a truly magnificent book that is filled with such practical information. I sat and read the entire book in one sitting. It is warmly written by a gracious author who lives what she has written. The suggestions and ideas are easily understood and applicable. This book is for moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandparents and anyone who works with children. You will love this book.”

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    "Manners That Matter for Moms" is a fun, practical, an

    "Manners That Matter for Moms" is a fun, practical, and informative book that will quickly become your favorite guide to teaching children the life skills needed to be comfortable and gracious in any social situation. In fact, I found that the information given is so worthwhile for adults too! I have already used some of the techniques from the book in my own social interactions with positive results! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2012

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it is especially sincere, compassionate, and funny at the same time. If Maralee can get across to six figure making executives (pg. 165-166) she can “successfully” express a suggestion to anyone! This is the kind of book that can be referenced time and time again therefore; it has earned a lasting spot on my bedside table!

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  • Posted September 24, 2012

    Beautifully written book. I recommend this book to anyone who wi

    Beautifully written book. I recommend this book to anyone who wishes to teach their children some very important life skills. I give this book two thumbs up. Thank you Maralee McKee.

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  • Posted September 18, 2012

    Manners That Matter For Moms, by Maralee McKee, is written in an

    Manners That Matter For Moms, by Maralee McKee, is written in an engaging, conversational manner. Maralee warmly shares her difficult story, her own embarrassing social moments, and her perspective. She explains that responding to situations with manners is not about being fake or following stuffy rules from yesteryear. Etiquette, she believes, provides habits that help express your best self and encourage others to be their best selves. Her book is full of sound guidelines and practical tips for our busy, technological world of today. She helps you understand the reasoning behind the suggestions so that the habit makes sense and becomes a natural response over time. Though I wish I’d had this resource years ago when my children were small, I believe it’s a book for everyone. I HIGHLY recommend Manners That Matter For Moms.

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    A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards!  The Mom's Choice Awards

    A recipient of the Mom's Choice Awards!  The Mom's Choice Awards® (MCA) evaluates products and services created for parents and educators and is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. Using a rigorous evaluation process, entries are scored on a number of elements including production quality, design, educational value, entertainment value, originality, appeal and cost. Around the world, parents, educators, retailers and members of the media trust the MCA Honoring Excellence seal when selecting quality products and services for families and children. 

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    An Excellent Resource! Maralee McKee did a wonderful job with M

    An Excellent Resource!

    Maralee McKee did a wonderful job with Manners That Matter for Moms. Not only does she cover all the manners and etiquette we have had questions about but she is personal as well, sharing her own story along the way. McKee covers topics such as first impressions, introductions, conversation skills, and even bodily noises. That last chapter had me laughing but thankful that she broached the subject. You will find a fun Etiquette IQ Quiz along with a quote in the beginning of the chapter and Inspiration and Application questions at the end each chapter, all starting in chapter four.

    Author McKee gets the point across well. Children are mimickers. If we want our children to have great manners then we need set the example of what good manners look like. As McKee says, it may take years for them to become habits for kids (and us) but if we are diligent, those years of training will pay off with great reward; when they are no longer habits but heartfelt actions.

    This book arrived at the perfect time for me. Our son's birthday party was just around the corner. As I read through it I would tell my husband what I had learned. Soon he was asking me what the author said about "this" or "that". He found all the information just as helpful as I did! At our son's party I was able to put my new found skills into practice and was very pleased with the outcome.

    Manners That Matter for Moms is most certainly a book you don't want to pass up. While there are some manners in the book that a lot of people are good about using daily, there are plenty more listed in here that may need some attention.

    ***Thank you Harvest House Publishers for the free book in exchange for my honest review.***

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