Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Book for Kids: Teaches Manners

Teaching Kids Gratitude Is Secret to HappierChildren
Etiquette teacher writes children's book that teaches gratitude,empathy & good table manners!

HARTFORD, CT, May 21, 2012 - Learning 'please' and'thank you' not only teaches your child how to be
polite, but studies show that teaching gratitudecreates happier and more focused children.

"Manners are so important because they change how yourchild sees the world," says manners teacher
Karin Lefranc, and author of A Quest for Good Manners.In this fun picture book, Princess Rosalind
and her pet dragon Sparkler are banished from thecastle for their appalling manners. They are sent on a quest in search of Good Manners.

Good manners make others feel at ease and are thefoundation of compassion and gratitude-Lefranc's
book is a fun anduseful tool to help parents and teachers instill these important traits. "Children are born with a sense ofentitlement. As they grow, we want to replace this with a sense of gratitude.The result is happier, more resilient,and more optimistic children," says Lefranc.

With four children of her own-all under 10 yearsold-Lefranc understands the never-ending quest for
parents to teach young boys and girls empathy andconsideration. "Our children become deaf to our
perpetual pleas," Lefranc said, "and so outside helplike a book or a fun manners class are wonderful
ways to reinforce what we are trying to teach athome."

3 thingsLefranc suggests parents do to help their children find good manners:

 - Role play:practice being different people like a new teacher or neigbhor, and shake handswith your
child, practicing eye contact and smiling.
 - Have yourchild set the table: they learn the parts to a place setting, and it helps momand dad get
dinner on the table.
 - Discussappropriate behavior with kids before a birthday party, play date or sleepover:have your child
brainstorm ways they can display good manners. Letthem know how lucky they are to be invited, and
ask them questions like why is it important when goinghome to say "Thank you for inviting me."

About the book:

AQuest for Good Manners by KarinLefranc
ISBN: 978-0983045908
Publisher: Beluga Press
Date of publish: June 1, 2011
Pages: 32
S.R.P.: $16.99

About the author:

Karin Lefranc teaches kids manners and yoga inConnecticut, where she lives with her husband and four children-three girls and a boy. Sometimes they need to goon a quest to find good manners, but they usually find them by the end of dinner. Lefranc and her family settled in nearby Simsburyafter Lefranc traveled the world, working for IDG Books to licensethe "Dummies" series
(http://www.dummies.com/) intodifferent languages. A Quest for Good Manners is Lefranc'sfirst
children's book.


  1. As a former teacher and grandmother of nine, I like this post very much and offer the following suggestion for another book about manners, perhaps for slightly younger children. In a society full of bullying and self-centered children, it is helpful to teach your children the benefits of consideration for others and being polite as early as possible. The Magic Word is an award winning book emphasizing good manners, which can be read to toddlers. It is a rhyming story of a little girl who was rude, selfish and demanding – and had very few friends. Her mother suggested that she needed to improve her manners; so when she went to school the next day, she thought of her mother’s advice, “What is the magic word?” and she started saying “Please” and also “Thank You”. She tried to become more thoughtful of others, and discovered that she was a much happier person. The repetitive use of the phrase “What is the magic word?” has children answering “Please”!



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