- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2000

Books

• "More Than Manners: Raising Today's Kids to Have Kind Manners & Good Hearts," by Letitia Baldridge, Rawson Associates, 1997. The book offers tips on teaching children how to become courteous and compassionate with family and friends while still standing up for themselves.

• "Civility: Manners, Morals and the Etiquette of Democracy," by Stephen L. Carter, Basic Books, 1998. The Yale law professor and best-selling author argues that civility is disintegrating because Americans have forgotten the obligations they owe each other and are consumed with self-indulgence. He spends a good part of the book addressing parents and children.

• "Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquillity: The Authoritative Manual for Every Civilized Household, However Harried," by Judith Martin, Random House Value, 1999. The syndicated columnist takes families step by step through their homes and daily lives to help restore a sense of civility and etiquette to the household.

• "George Washington's Rules of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation," by George Washington, Applewood Books, 1994. This 30-page book is a quick read but a fascinating glimpse at what social life was like when our country was founded.

• "A Short History of Rudeness: Manners, Morals and Misbehavior in Modern America," by Mark Caldwell, St. Martin's Press, 2000. Mr. Caldwell, a Fordham University English professor, argues that the foundations for etiquette began to erode several centuries ago and that changing rules of behavior make it almost impossible to return there.

Associations

• Eticon Inc., PO Box 290116, 629 S. Brick Road, Columbia, S.C. 29229-0116. While Eticon focuses on improving business etiquette, President Ann C. Humphries, a certified professional consultant to management, has created a "Proud to be Polite" series of videos, games and books to teach school-age children about character, respect and manners.

• The Protocol School of Washington, headquartered in McLean, offers courses in etiquette and protocol to business executives, adults and children. Phone number: 703/821-5613. Web site: www.psow.com.

On line

• Eti-Kids, a video and class program started in West Lafayette, Ind., by Millicent Burnstein and her two daughters, has videos and parent/teacher manuals available for purchase at its Web site (https://users.nlci.com/etikids/).

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