So far in our discussion on teaching manners to our children and getting them to use their manners, we have suggested: We treat our kids with courtesy and use tact when talking to them. We show them empathy and concern if they are hurt.  We use firm but tactful language when correcting. We use gentle… Read More


As an adult we are put into all kinds of situations that call for us to be, shall we say, civil.  We ask, “How are you?” As a part of seeing or meeting someone.  We may find ourselves saying, “Thank you,” when there was no real feeling of sincere gratitude.  We did not even think… Read More


Manners are the way society has for being pleasant to each other even if or when we may not want to. Though the rules of interaction are different in every culture, the intent is the same.  Society expects treatment that is respectful and like we matter. When we teach our children politeness with the rituals… Read More


Each month we will discuss one gift of character with all of our students. This month the word is Manners.  This life skill will be defined in the following ways for our students. Young students: Manners means: Kind words and kind ways! Older students: Manners means:  Polite words and respectful actions that show other people… Read More


Isn’t it great to see a group of young people that appreciate Honesty.   I am encouraging each person at Balanced Life Skills to ask themselves, “How did I show honesty today?”… Read More


For many  families, honesty is a non-negotiable virtue family members must live up to.  Along with trustworthiness, integrity, justice and truthfulness all are important in our relationships.  Yet, we also need to practice our tact, peacefulness, courtesy and tolerance.  Our job as parents is to help our children understand how to balance these virtues. It… Read More