Manners

Don’t be the stereotypical Catholic woman, be yourself

Is a modest dress, a gentle smile, and innocence the stereotype of a Catholic woman”? How not to pay attention to these silly misconceptions.

Pregnant woman invents “#1 Decent Dude” award to surprise subway rider

A pregnant mom spent months carrying around a secret trophy in her purse, waiting for a single moment.

The ‘inauthentic’ reason why I teach my kids to mind their manners

Honestly? I don't often feel like being polite. And I know my kids don't either.

Moms: Is your smartphone your addiction or your antidote?

One stay-at-home mom explains why her phone usage may seem excessive, but is actually essential.

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…