After spending last week discussing manners for boys, this week we’ll turn our attention to manners we can teach specifically to our girls to help them develop into courteous young ladies.
- Accept all help graciously and politely. If a young man acts gentlemanly toward you, be thankful and appreciative. Do not ignore his gesture or act as though you don’t need his assistance.
- If a man does not offer his help, do what needs to be done yourself without making him feel that he is impolite.
- Be ladylike in the way you sit. Dress and act modestly so that others around you do not feel awkward or distracted.
- Use good judgement and discretion in your interaction with young men. Do not be too forward or intimate in your conduct toward them.
- Be refined in actions and speech. Don’t seek to draw attention to yourself by loud, boisterous behavior.
Here are a few quotes that I found interesting on the subject of being a lady.A lady is a woman who makes a man behave like a gentleman. – Russell LynesBeing powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret ThatcherMiss Manners cannot think of a more succinct definition of a lady than ‘someone who wants to punch another person in the nose, but doesn’t.’ – Judith MartinMay we seek to rear our girls to be proper Christian young ladies! If you have ideas or suggestions along these lines, please feel free to share in the comments section.photo courtesy Public Domain Pictures