Manners for Young Men

I have developed a series of groups to each young men (between the ages of 13 and 17) manners.

There are three groups:  General Manners, Relationship Manners and Advanced Manners.  Each group will meet for six 1 1/2 hour sessions.  They will meet in the mornings, during the summer.  Groups will be limited to approximately 6-8 members.  The young man and his parent(s) will be required to come in for a 1/2 hour meeting before they are allowed to start the group.  During this meeting, they will sign paperwork, go over rules/expectations, etc.  When I have 6-8 young men signed up for a particular group, I will start the group.  The cost is $125.00 for a group/six session or $375.00 for all three groups.

The topics of the General Manners Group is as follows:

  • Use of Please, Thank You, Miss, Mr., Yes, No
  • Holding the Door
  • Shaking Hands
  • Introducing your Friends to Parents/Others
  • How to Talk/Listen to Adults
  • Knowing When to Talk and When to Not Talk
  • Asking Permission
  • Paying/Receiving a Compliment
  • Making/Accepting an Apology
  • Accepting a Gift, Especially One You Don’t Like
  • Phone/Electronics Etiquette at Home/in Public
  • Talking to Parents/Teachers vs. Friends
  • Dressing for Home vs Being in Public
  • Dialing a Wrong Number
  • Starting/Ending a Call
  • Use of the Bathroom

Topics for the Relationship Manners Group:

  • Women in General: Emotional/Logical Perspective, How Women and Men are Socialized Differently in our Society and it’s Impact on Relationships, Direct vs Indirect Power in Relationships, Sexual Urges and Respect for Yourself/Her in a Girlfriend Relationship, Her Period
  • Walking with Her
  • Offering Help
  • How to Talk to a Young Woman
  • Asking for/Declining a Date
  • Asking for a (Slow) Dance
  • Breaking Up
  • Apologizing
  • Apologizing When You Feel You Did Nothing Wrong
  • Identifying/Addressing Your Own Feelings
  • Listening to Her (Listening or Making Suggestions to Solve Her Problem)
  • What to do When She is Mad at You
  • Fighting: What to Do, What Not to Do
  • Gifts/Dates
  • Disagreeing on an Issue

Topics for the Advanced Manners Group:

  • Tying a Tie
  • Ironing a Shirt/Pants
  • Polishing Shoes
  • Hygiene: Finger/Toe Nails, Cologne, Breath, Shaving, Deodorant
  • Washing/Drying Laundry
  • Restaurant Etiquette

For more information or to register, please call Esselman Counseling Services at 217-224-5273.

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