Back to School Shopping with Your Preteen Daughter

Mothers are often caught between a rock and a hard spot when school shopping with their daughters, especially in a culture where sweet has been replaced with sexy choices. Find out what you can do to lessen the battles over clothing in your house. Read more

Jul 23, 2013 8:30 PM Defining Manners

Preventing Profanity in Your Kids

Are you engaged in an all-out war with your children against using bad-mannered words and phrases, or do you think by ignoring cursing and second-hand swearing that it will eventually go away? Find out how to deal with the problem of profanity. Read more

Apr 3, 2013 4:45 AM Defining Manners

Developing a Responsible Child

Good manners require good character traits. One of the best gifts you can give your child is a sense of responsibility by becoming accountable for their actions. Use these helpful tips to begin your lessons at home. Read more

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Protect Your Kids during Flu Season: Teach Them Flu Prevention Etiquette

Teaching your children a few new manners pertaining to flu etiquette can form life-long habits and keep them and everyone else healthier at the same time. Read more

Jan 26, 2013 6:00 AM Defining Manners

Character Education: Whose Responsibility is it to Teach Kids?

As parents, we are bewildered by all the reports of bullying in our schools and the consequences of bullying behaviors. Find out where responsibility lies in teaching our children how to know right from wrong. Read more

Oct 26, 2012 4:02 PM Defining Manners

Birthday Party Etiquette

Discover answers to some frequently asked questions about proper birthday party etiquette. Read more

Apr 24, 2012 9:40 AM Defining Manners

The Lost Art of Cursive Writing

As we move from cursive to the cursor, are we facing the death of handwriting? Read more

Mar 26, 2012 9:38 PM Defining Manners

The Power of Teaching Good Manners

Teach your kids manners and they also learn patience, consideration, tolerance and respect. Read more

Feb 21, 2012 8:56 PM Defining Manners

The Epidemic of Bullying

All children will never always get along, or adults for that matter. But you can encourage your children to be kind and discover ways to prevent bullying. Read more

Jan 30, 2012 10:21 AM Defining Manners

An Attitude of Gratitude

The best way to to have your kids show appreciation for gifts they receive is to have a little practice at home. Read more

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Let’s Say Thank You with a Note

Once the gifts are all unwrapped, encourage your children to put pen (or crayon) to paper and write a proper Thank You Note. Read more

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Foster ‘Nice, not Naughty’ Behavior

Santa Clause is coming to town ... and he wants to know who's been naughty or nice. Help your kids be on the NICE list. Read more

Nov 22, 2011 11:57 AM Defining Manners

Goblin’s Greed on Halloween

Halloween is a devilishly fun holiday for kids, but it doesn't mean they should forget their manners. Read more

Oct 13, 2011 3:24 PM Defining Manners

Second Grade Attitude: A Mother's Concern

Every child reaches an age during which they begin to emulate their peers - often resulting in less than desirable behavior at home. Jill offers some easy ways to establish boundaries and reinforce positive behavior. Read more

Sep 30, 2011 11:18 AM Defining Manners

About this Blog

Jill Evans Kryston, owner of Defining Manners: A School of Contemporary Protocol, offers tips and advice on social etiquette, communication skills, table manners, bullying prevention, and much more! After an early career working in marketing and customer service, Jill learned first-hand the importance of a professional image and the benefit of using good manners. Later, staying home to raise three children, having invested heavily in their future, she noticed a general lack of courtesy and respect among the younger generation and she became concerned about their future. With a vision to help bring back civility, Jill was prompted to enroll in a certification course at the International School of Protocol where she became qualified to teach etiquette to children and teens. She has since earned her certification to teach adults and business professionals as well. More than a job, Jill is genuine and passionate about promoting good manners. She uses her extensive knowledge, warmth, and engaging personality to help her clients capitalize on their human potential to make valuable first and lasting impressions. Contact Jill to find out how she can customize a class for you or someone you love using valuable life skills and people skills, the necessary tools for successfully managing relationships at home, work or school.

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