February 2011 Children's Etiquette Certification Graduate, Paula Pranger, was featured this week in the Neighbor Newspaper, a local news publication in the Atlanta metropolitan area. We are so proud of Paula's accomplishments with her business, Peachtree Etiquette!
CHILD ETIQUETTE PROGRAM LAUNCHES
By Rachel Kellogg, Neighbor Newspaper
Mother of two Paula Pranger, of Alpharetta, recently began a business venture set on teaching kids ages 3 to 18 the value of being courteous.
As a stay-at-home mom, Pranger noticed kids who were lacking social skills and manners and wondered if parents were hoping their children would just pick them up naturally.
"With parents busy schedules and often both working, these things end up on the bottom of the priority list," the certified etiquette consultant said.
Realizing this difficulty in balancing needs, Pranger began Peachtree Etiquette, LLC, a company that teaches proper etiquette, manners, socialization and dining skills, while still allowing kids to have fun.
Pranger incorporates games and interactive activities to keep the children engaged.
"When you're starting with 3-year-olds, it's important to make it fun for them," she said. "Kids need to be kids, and we want them to enjoy themselves."
Pranger said the main focus of her program is to teach kids that the point of etiquette is to show respect and consideration for others.
From June 27 to July 1, Pranger will offer a Couth Camp.
Children will learn skills such as when to extend a handshake, how to introduce their parents to their friends, making eye contact, giving gifts, telephone manners, online manners and writing thank-you notes.
There is also a section on dealing with teasing and bullies and social safety when it comes to the phone and Internet.
"We're always hearing from parents who say the classes have instilled confidence in their once-shy kids," Pranger said.
Pranger, who spent 10 years in the corporate world before becoming a mother, also offers Corporate Etiquette Training for adults.
For more information, please visit www. peachtreeetiquette.com