Here are some etiquette “rules” or “suggestions” addressed to children from the 1950s that I found on a loose sheet from an old handbook, I thought they were interesting to share.
Considering that these were standard expectations just 50 years ago, it’s a reminder of how fast things can change.
Children In The Home
- Always greet the members of your family when you enter and always bid them goodbye when you leave.
- Always rise to a standing position when visitors enter, and greet them after your elders.
- Never address a visitor until he has started the conversation unless he is a person of your own age or younger.
- Never interrupt a conversation. Wait until the party talking has finished.
- Always rise when your visitor or your elders stand.
- Never let your mother or your father bring you a chair or get one for themselves. Wait on them instead of being waited on.
- If you leave or cross the room you should say “Excuse me.”
- If a visitor should say, “I am glad to have seen you,” you should say, “Thank you.”
- Never run up and down the stairs or across the room.
- Talk in a low, even voice. It denotes refinement.
- Always give way to the younger child. It is your duty to look after them instead of fretting them.
- Never retire without bidding the members of your family good night.
Follow these suggestions and you will assist in making the members of your family happy as well as in benefiting them in many other ways.