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'Tis the Season for Spoiling: How to Tame the "Gimmes"

Written by Samantha Cleaver

We know it can be hard to stay gracious when you unwrap an old book instead of that video game you wanted for the holidays, no matter how old you are. Still, each time your child gets a present is an opportunity to reinforce the virtues of empathy, appreciation and gratitude. Try these nine tactics for teaching gift giving and getting etiquette to your child.

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Jersey Shore kids get a chance to learn some manners

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:22

By Amy S. Rosenberg
Inquirer Staff Writer

AVALON, N.J. - Jersey Shore etiquette - can it be taught? Is there a way to intervene early enough in the lives of young Snookis and Situations to teach them some manners?

With MTV's cast of degenerates-by-the-sea ready to burst onto the screens of unsupervised teens everywhere Thursday in the start of Jersey Shore's fourth season, Hilary Brennan was at the real Jersey Shore, launching a counteroffensive.

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Good old-fashioned manners never go out of style

Friday, 24 June 2011 12:22

Avalon etiquette seminar teaches youngsters the social graces

Written by Mary Linehan

Among the dozens of camps and recreational activities offered for children this summer in Avalon, only one boasts the ability to instill lessons than can be life-altering.

Hilary Brennan is the owner and operator of Socially Savvy, a Moorestown-based company that delivers "leadership, etiquette, dining and social skills" training for all ages. She and her staff will be coming to Avalon to give children lessons in good manners and the social graces.

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In this camp, kids mind their Ps and Qs

Thursday, 21 July 2011 12:22

Avalon program aims at increasing etiquette

Written by Mary Linehan

AVALON – Eight youngsters, showered of the day’s salt and sand, tucked into their dinners at the Elementary School last Tuesday night, in the first night of the recreation department’s latest offering: etiquette camp.

The children, ranging in age from eight to 12, sat up straight, napkins in lap, and chatted politely about their favorite books and movies.

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Etiquette Expert Helps Create Socially Savvy Kids

Monday, 16 May 2011 12:22

Hilary Brennan's Moorestown company helps instill social and dining skills, one gummy bear soup at a time.

BY LAUREN BURGOON

Fifteen children filed into a dining room at Cinnaminson’s Riverton Country Club Sunday, most looking unsure. Some slumped into their chairs, others fiddled with cutlery.

But after a two-hour session in how to conduct oneself at a sit-down meal, 15 newly minted experts in dining etiquette emerged.


 

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New Year – New You – Be Your Best!

As we celebrate the New Year, there are infinite choices of resolutions to pick from as we reflect on our past as well and define our goals. Consider the following three resolutions that will suit you this year and well into the future!

 

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MIND YOUR MANNERS

Tuesday, 16 March 2010 12:22

By SALLY FRIEDMAN
For the Courier-Post

It's probably happened to you. You're in a restaurant hoping for a pleasant experience when a misbehaving child changes the atmosphere and makes dining graciously a pipe dream. For even the biggest lover of children among us, someone else's kids' antics are noisy, disruptive and not very conducive to digestion.

Dining politely isn't an instinct. Nor is proper table talk. Nor are the essentials of gracious living. These things are learned.

On a recent afternoon, in the wine cellar of Caffe AIdo Lamberti in Cherry Hill, a scene unfolded which would have given great delight to every adult who hopes to never have another meal torpedoed by unmannerly kids.

Seated around a table, dressed in what adults might call "business casual" were children who ranged in age from 7 to 13, all of them also decked out in hats, jewelry and other grown-up props supplied by a soft-spoken woman with the manner of a caring friend.

Hilary Brenan of Socially Savvy

Andrew Edzenga,13, and Eliza Broder, 8, both of Moorestown, practice good manners during a Soically Savvy event at Aldo Lamberti in Cherry Hill under the guidance of etiquette specialist Hilary Brennan.

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NO TEXTING! ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE!

Tuesday, 22 March 2011 12:22

By SALLY FRIEDMAN
For the Burlington County Times

CINNAMINSON - OK, so Thomas Dovell, 14, wasn't thrilled when he was advised that he'd be attending a class sponsored by Socially Savvy, a company launched by Hilary Brennan of Moorestown that emphasizes social skills for today's world.

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