Families: Elementary Etiquette

Peggy Post is on a crusade to teach better manners to children today

Teaching children etiquette is more than showing them which fork to use, says Peggy Post, who is co-author, with Cindy Post Senning, of The Gift of Good Manners: A Parent's Guide to Raising Respectful, Kind, Considerate Children (HarperCollins; 450 pages). Post should know. This is her 10th etiquette book. She talked with TIME about the challenge of raising well-mannered kids.

Q. ARE KIDS' MANNERS WORSE TODAY?

A. I think [most are] no worse. It's just more of a challenge today. A lot of children are not being taught the basics, starting with the values of respect and kindness and honesty and...

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