Manners

Bush sisters write touching, personal letter to Obama sisters

Barbara and Jenna Bush Hager's heartfelt farewell letter to Malia and Sasha Obama reminds us all of three important things.

The simple art of giving & receiving a Christmas gift

Christmas present etiquette guidelines for kids and adults alike. (Find out if you're doing any of these gifting no-nos!)

Make friends with someone who has Down syndrome

Treating people who have disabilities with respect is more than just not saying the 'r' word.

The debutante ball: an inside look at the coming-of-age event of fun & faith

'Debutante balls' often conjure visions of an expensive party for privileged youth, but the tradition actually has deep roots in…

How to throw a messy, awkward, diverse, real-life party (sorry, Instagram)

My parties are never very “Instagrammable,” but gathering such a diverse group of people provides extraordinary benefits.

10 low-stress Thanksgiving discussion topics for your big Catholic family

Bring up your kid's confusing homework assignment or your latest Pinterest fail. Better yet: play backyard football. Who can argue about politics when you're too…

5 ways to make food allergy sufferers feel welcome at your holiday table

Catering for those with dietary restrictions doesn't have to be problematic. Follow these great tips to make your Thanksgiving meal a rewarding experience for guests…

8 surprising holiday party etiquette tips

Whether you're the host or the guest, these pointers from hospitality pros will help you be merry, bright and polite this holiday season.

Our sons are losing the essence of true manhood: the handshake

Those high fives, fist bumps, quick nod, grunt, or total ignorance just don't cut it. And as parents it is our duty to make sure…

5 Christian lessons from Hillary Clinton’s emotional concession speech

Dear Hillary: Whether I agreed or disagreed with you during this election season, I really heard your call to build the American community of compassion…

Halloween is a great time to practice generosity—and we’re not talking about candy

Hospitable acts are what the Halloween season is all about. Here are 6 scarily easy ones we can all make…

The 1993 letter from Bush to Clinton: a lesson in values for your kids!

When Former President George H. W. Bush lost re-election to Bill Clinton in 1993, he wrote a letter to the new president and left it…

Rules of engagement for discussing Election 2016 on social media

Emotions are running high, and it's tempting to lash out on social media. As a former Capitol Hill staffer, here are my rules for keeping…

Marion Cotillard responds with pure class to her Brangelina accusers

The ever poised and graceful French actress Marion Cotillard took to Instagram to silence her accusers in the whole Brangelina affair once and for all.