Using what people call the "Magic Words", is very nice to use when you talk to
other people. Especially when talking to older people. Some of the words are:
please,thank you, sorry, excuse me, can I help. Although these words don't mean
alot to us kids, they mean alot to adults.
Making a good first impression is one of the most important things in a relationship
between you and another kid/kids and adults,too. A great way to give a wonderful
first impression is to hold your head high, look into the person's eyes that you
are talking to, talk in a strong, clear voice, stand strait and tall, with your
shoulders back. You also should be dressed appropiately.
When greeting others a very polite way to do it is to say hello to the person,
shake thier hand, give them eye contact, stand up strait and tall, and lat, but
not least, remember to say thier name. An example is," Hello Mrs. Crawdad."
This is also an important step to good first impressions.
When you introduce people, always address the older person first. Also, you should
introduce women first, before men. Another tip to introducing people, is to introduce
them by the name that they would call each other.
Calling adults/kids with title names make them feel special that you bothered to
use a title name for for them. Here are some tips on how to call them by thier
appropriate title name. Mr. for a man who is not married, Mrs. is for a woman who
is married, Ms. is used for a woman who is married or can be unmarried, and Miss
is used for a girl or unmarried woman.
When there is someone that you don't know, go over to them and BREAK THE ICE.
That means that you go over to them and you just start asking questions about them.
When you start talking, make sure that you let the other person talk as much as
they want to. Also, don't talk about all of YOUR hobbies,YOUR pets,YOUR favorite
foods, and all of the things that YOU want to talk about.Instead, let them talk about what
they want to talk about. Listen to them while they talk. Definately, do not stare into space
and pretend that you aren't listening. Even though you don't mean it that way, it
will look like it if you don't listen by looking at them, and really process it through
your heart and really thinking about it, even if what they are talking about are very boring.
If this happens, you can try and change the subject or make a polite excuse such as, "Excuse me,
Suzie, I want to go buy a milk. I'll be right back." But DON'T walk off without saying anything.
Definately do not comment like," Suzie, I'm getting bored talking about what you did yesterday
after school." If you don't want to be one of those kids
ACCEPTING A GIFT GRACIOUSLY
First of all, you don't have to like the gift to show your appreciation. In fact, you can totally
hate the gift but still show your appreciation for their generosity and kindess of even thinking
of getting you a gift. Always say thank you and use that smile! In some cases, you may just want to
throw the gift out the window it's so unfashionable or "uncool". Do remember, though, that someone went
out of their way to get that for you, and the most polite thing to do is to at least write a thank-you
note, but not to throw it away. Give it to a friend who might appreciate it or keep it around if a friend
comes over and wants to play with it. Here's an example of how a conversation might go with accepting a gift graciously:
It's Monica's birthday, and her grandmother is handing her the gift that she worked hard to make.
"Here you go, Monica!"
"Wow, I can't wait to open it!"
(opens the gift)
Monica sees that it's a little doll with knitted clothes. Monica has a choice. Tell her grandmother
that she completely hates it, after all, she's 13 and way too old to be playing with dolls or to
graciously accept it and then let her little sister use it.
"Thank you so much, Grandma! This is such a cute doll and I love the design of the dress! That was very considerate of you!", she decided to say.
"You're welcome, Monica.", Grandma replied.
As you saw, some things can be incredibly annoying to get either because you're not interested in those things
anymore, or that you already have one or two or three of those already. Either way, still remember to say 'thank you'
when you recieve a gift from someone. You might also have the oppertunity to tell that person that you don't like it, but,
if you are, please do it politely. If we have the same situation continued, it could look like this:
It's Monica's 14th birthday, and her grandmother hands her almost the identical gift that she had gotten last year.
Monica opens it, and, being the polite child that she is, she replies,
"Grandma, thank you! I know it took a long time to make these for me, and I'm touched that you would do something like that!"
Now, this situation following may not really happen to you, but it may.
"You're welcome, Monica. I wasn't sure if you're into dolls and things anymore, so I wanted to ask you."
"Well," Monica started, "They're not my favorite anymore, but I love the design of the clothes!"
"Oh, I'm sorry! I had no idea that you didn't like dolls anymore. You know, I just imagined you as a little girl
instead of the 14-year-old that you are! You do still like scarves, right?"
Well, that wraps up accepting a gift thankfully. If you more information on how to accept a gift thankfully, I
got my information from a variety of books and websites. I hope this was helpful and you continue to accept gifts thankfully!