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General Etiquette for Teens
Thursday, 02 March 2017 - 15:39 | Views - 1,879
Being a teenager has never been easy, but that’s a fact that many of us forget after we become adults.

Most teens are adult sized, but they still haven’t mastered adult skills. Most adults have forgotten what it's like to be a teenager, often romanticizing those years and forgetting about the difficulties.

Parents can help their teenagers by listening and answering questions as they arise and without being judgmental.

Sometimes the questions may seem basic to the adult, but to a teen, it can make a huge difference in whatever issues he or she is facing.

Social

A teenager’s social life is extremely important because fitting in with peers can make the difference between feeling confident and being one of those people who struggles to fit in.

Learning proper etiquette gives teens the skills that will be useful at the moment as well as later in life.

Helpful social skills:

CONVERSATION AND COMMUNICATION ETIQUETTE – TEENAGERS NEED TO LEARN HOLD INTERESTING CONVERSATIONS ON DATES, AT PARTIES, AND WITH FRIENDS.

MANNERS FOR MEN AND LADIES – BOYS SHOULD ACT GENTLEMANLY.

RSVP ETIQUETTE – FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH AN RSVP REQUEST SHOWS RESPECT AND ENABLES THE HOST TO PLAN PARTIES AND EVENTS.

RESTAURANT ETIQUETTE FAQS – WHEN TEENAGERS LEARN HOW TO ACT IN A RESTAURANT, IT COMES MORE NATURAL AS THEY GROW INTO ADULTHOOD.

SEND THANK YOU NOTES – WRITING A THANK YOU NOTE ONLY TAKES A FEW MINUTES AND A LITTLE BIT OF EFFORT, BUT IT GOES A LONG WAY IN LETTING OTHERS KNOW THEY ARE APPRECIATED.

SEND THANK YOU NOTES FOR GIFTS, AFTER YOU’VE ATTENDED A PARTY, OR FOR ANYTHING SOMEONE HAS DONE FOR YOU.

DAILY LIVING

GETTING INTO THE HABIT OF FOLLOWING PROPER ETIQUETTE IN HIS OR HER DAILY LIFE WILL GIVE THE TEENAGER THE ADVANTAGE OF APPEARING MORE MATURE AND TRUSTWORTHY.

PARENTS OF FRIENDS ARE MORE LIKELY TO APPROVE OF THEIR TEENS HANGING OUT WITH SOMEONE WHO EXHIBITS GOOD MANNERS. MOST OF IT INVOLVES COMMON SENSE, BUT IT ALSO REQUIRES KNOWING THE BASIC ETIQUETTE RULES.
DAILY LIVING ETIQUETTE:

TABLE MANNERS – KNOWING AND PRACTICING PROPER TABLE MANNERS CAN GIVE A TEENAGER THE CONFIDENCE TO ENJOY A MEAL IN A WIDE VARIETY OF SETTINGS.

HOW TO ANSWER RUDE QUESTIONS – LEARN HOW TO DIFFUSE QUESTIONS THAT NOSY PEOPLE TEND TO ASK.

BE ON TIME – SHOWING RESPECT FOR OTHERS BY BEING ON TIME WILL GAIN POINTS FOR A TEENAGER AND PREVENT HIM OR HER FROM BEING THE PERSON WHO SLOWS EVERYONE DOWN.

BE A WELL MANNERED SPORTS SPECTATOR – LEARNING PROPER ETIQUETTE WHEN WATCHING SPORTS CAN PREVENT AWKWARD SITUATIONS FROM ESCALATING TO SOMETHING THAT CAN BE EVEN MORE UNCOMFORTABLE OR EVEN DANGEROUS.

CELL PHONE MANNERS – USE PROPER MANNERS WHEN ON YOUR CELL PHONE.

NEVER CHAT LONG ON THE PHONE WHEN YOU ARE WITH FRIENDS. THAT’S RUDE AND MAKES PEOPLE YOU ARE WITH UNCOMFORTABLE.

CLASSROOM

MANY OF THE ETIQUETTE RULES FOR THE WORKPLACE ALSO APPLY TO THE CLASSROOM.

THERE IS A HIERARCHY, WITH THE TEACHER PLAYING THE ROLE OF THE BOSS AND THE STUDENTS IN THE SAME POSITION AS EMPLOYEES. LEARNING PROPER BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM WILL CROSS OVER INTO THE WORKPLACE WHEN THE TEENAGER IS READY TO GET A JOB.

BEHAVIOR IN THE CLASSROOM:

PERSONAL SPACE – FOLLOW THE GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF ALLOWING EVERYONE THEIR PERSONAL SPACE TO PREVENT MAKING ANYONE UNCOMFORTABLE.

EMAIL ETIQUETTE – WHEN YOU EMAIL SOMEONE, WHETHER IT IS A TEACHER, OR FELLOW STUDENT, RESPECT THEIR TIME AND SENSIBILITIES BY EXHIBITING GOOD MANNERS THROUGH ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION.

AT SCHOOL – BEING CONFIDENT AT SCHOOL STARTS WITH KNOWING WHAT IS EXPECTED AS WELL AS WHAT IS SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE.

ACKNOWLEDGING OTHERS – NEVER TAKE CREDIT FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S WORK.

NOT ONLY IS IT RUDE, IT MAKES YOU APPEAR TO NOT BE SMART ENOUGH TO COME UP WITH IDEAS OF YOUR OWN.

BY THE SAME TOKEN, WHEN SOMEONE RECEIVES AN AWARD, BE THE FIRST TO OFFER CONGRATULATIONS. IT SHOWS THAT YOU ARE A TEAM PLAYER AND WILL MAKE OTHERS RESPECT YOU EVEN MORE IN THE CLASSROOM AND ON THE JOB.

DRESS APPROPRIATELY – FOLLOW THE SCHOOL DRESS CODE. DOING OTHERWISE CAN BE DISTRACTING AND GET YOU INTO ALL KINDS OF TROUBLE.
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