manners

Open Thread: Should We Stop Teaching Girls to Be ‘Nice’?

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What’s the nursery rhyme about what good little girls are made of? “Sugar and spice and everything nice?” Well one mom has opted out of teaching her daughter to be nice. Writing for The New York Times, Catherine Newman (a self-proclaimed “card-carrying feminist”) argues that...

Should Tipping Be Mandatory?

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Recently an Applebee’s waitress in St. Louis named Chelsea Welch lost her job after she posted online the receipt left by a customer who refused to leave her a tip.  The note on the receipt, which was left by Pastor Alois Bell, said “I give...

Why I’m Teaching My Son Manners, Even If Adults Have Given Them Up

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When anyone outside of our family bids my son farewell, his knee-jerk reaction is to say absolutely nothing and keep it moving.