50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know…Week 3

WEEK 3:

SAYING “EXCUSE ME”

YOU DO:

Say “excuse me” if you have to walk through the middle of a line of people at the concession stand.

YOU DON’T:

Scoot through when you see an opening as if no one will notice.

WHY:

People waiting in line can be very protective of their spots but will be happy to step back if they know your intention is not to butt in.

YOU DO:

Say “excuse me?” if you haven’t heard what someone has said to you would like them to repeat it.

YOU DON’T:

Say “huh?”

WHY:

“Huh” sounds as if you are grunting, and young ladies don’t grunt unless they are moving heavy objects or involved in an athletic endeavor.

YOU DO:

Say “excuse me” if you need to interrupt someone, even if it’s your own mom on the computer or your dad reading a book.

YOU DON’T:

Fidget, wave your arms around, or sigh dramatically.

WHY:

Because saying “excuse me” is a perfectly acceptable way to get someone’s attention.

 

  • A lady always says “excuse me” to get someone’s attention, not “hey” or “um”.
  • A lady says “excuse me” when passing in front of someone’s line of vision, whether that’s in front of the lipstick display at the pharmacy or a painting in a museum.
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50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know…Week 2

Week 2….

SAY “THANK YOU”

YOU DO:
Say “thank you” anytime someone does something nice for you, no matter how well you know them.

YOU DON’T:
Think you don’t have to say “thank you’ to your mom, your dad, or your big sister because they are family and don’t count.

WHY:
Because family is where good manners begin, not where they end.

YOU DO:
Say “thank you” when a teacher compliments your drawing, or the piano teacher remarks kindly on your playing, even if you’e not happy with your drawing or your performance.

YOU DON’T:
Reply “it’s ugly!” or “I was terrible!” even if you could have done better.

WHY:
Because rejecting someone’s kind comments on your accomplishment implies they have no taste, and that’s insulting.

YOU DO:
Say “thank you” to the person who just made your strawberry-banana smoothie, handed you your change at the market, or gave you a program at hockey game.

YOU DON’T:
Assume that because people are “doing their jobs: they don’t deserve to be thanked for that particular interaction with you.

WHY:
Because it makes people feel good to know their efforts are appreciated, and why wouldn’t you want to make someone feel good?

  • A lady smiles and makes eye contact when she says “thank you.”
  • A lady says “thank you” even when the person she is thanking is on the other end of the phone.
  • A lady says “thank you” even if no one else has – or especially if no one else has done so.

50 Things Every Lady Should Know…Week 1

So a few years ago I purchased this book “50 Things Every Young Lady Should Know”.  I fell in love with this book.  I shared some from the book so we ALL could work on these improvements within ourselves.  This year we will do all 50 so we can help each other get better.  I like to think that a lot of these also apply to EVERYONE.  So feel free to share.  All content credit goes to Kay West and her team.

I will post one each week for 50 weeks.  I will Wednesdays.  That way you, your friends, daughters, nieces, ect. can have a full week to work on it.  Share with friends.

Thank you Kay West for this awesome book.

WEEK 1:”SAY PLEASE”

YOU DO:
Say “please” consistently, to everyone, always.  It doesn’t matter if you’re asking your brother to “Pass the potatoes” or asking the busy clerk in the store to please wrap your purchase for your mother’s birthday gift.

YOU DON’T:
Treat your little brother, however annoying he may be, with any less consideration than you do a stranger.  And Vice versa.

WHY:
Because please really is a magic word that adds a layer pleasantry to every request.  The more you use it, the more natural it becomes.

A LADY:

A lady says the word please every time she makes a request, no matter how small it seems.

A lady answers, “Yes Please.” if someone asks if she would like somethings.  If not, she says, “No thank you.”

A lady knows “please” is just enough.  Saying “pretty please” or “pleeeeease” is unnecessary and can be annoying.