Topic: etiquette

A Mom’s Guide to Social Networking

A Mom's Guide to Social Networking

Today’s young mothers have a lot of difficult decisions to make: work or stay at home, bottle or breast milk, free-range or attachment. For me, I find that it’s a balancing act. From the very beginning, I realized that the easiest way for me was to combine all those mothering philosophies into something usable. It resulted with Brenna learning to love both fresh fruits and french fries. She really is her mother’s daughter. More »

Top 5 Neighborly Things You Should Be Doing

Top 5 Neighborly Things You Should Be Doing

I’ll own up to not always being the best neighbor. I’ve been known, for instance, to have gatherings and not invite the people who live across from me, and then proceed to feel like the hugest douchebag on the planet for weeks afterwards, every time I see them.

To spare you the same pain, allow me to suggest a few neighborly things you should always do: More »

Bullish: Boost Your Career by Never Being Late Again (It’s Not Actually Cute)

Bullish: Boost Your Career by Never Being Late Again (It's Not Actually Cute)

There are lots of things — such as having your phone turned off for not paying the bill and deciding not to shave your pits because you love nature — that are sort of cute when you’re young and adorable and become increasingly grotesque as you age. There’s a life cycle on hapless damsel-in-distress behavior — even Sandra Bullock has outlived her ability to play a winsome, helpless idiot in our nation’s romantic comedy industry. More »

Poll: How Much Do You Care About Cleanliness?

Poll: How Much Do You Care About Cleanliness?

Sometimes, in relationships, we find that our partner is less of a neat freak than we are. And by less of a neat freak, I mean, doesn’t notice dust bunnies until they are usurping his or her place on the couch.

Once we’re in established relationships or marriages, these kinds of disagreements are kind of already what we signed up for. But when you’re just getting to know someone, would you end things if you found out that they lived in a perpetual Pigpen-like state? More »

Modern Etiquette: Does Being Polite Make You a Pushover?

Modern Etiquette: Does Being Polite Make You a Pushover?

When I was taking cotillion classes as a kid, our teachers would reiterate that the point of etiquette was to be an equalizer. In other words, since we all knew what politenesses were expected of us in social situations, everyone would feel comfortable. However, that’s not the case. Different cultures have different standards of etiquette, and etiquette often becomes a way to quickly indicate who came from the ‘right’ background and who didn’t. While common etiquette united the kids in my social circle, anyone from a different background would have immediately given themselves away as an outsider when they didn’t grab the right fork or know the proper pleasantry to use. More »

Modern Etiquette: How to Tell Your Friend You Don’t Want to Be Her Bridesmaid

Modern Etiquette: How to Tell Your Friend You Don't Want to Be Her Bridesmaid

Recently, my friend “Bonnie” and I were having a conversation about a mutual friend who is getting married. The friend asked Bonnie to be in her bridal party, and Bonnie – who hates our friend’s fiance and doesn’t approve of them getting married – struggled for a way to turn down the invite without looking like a jerk. Here are some ways to navigate a similar social situation: More »