Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Parent to Parent: Etiquette Class
We all know the saying: "Boys will be boys." So how can you turn them into little gentlemen? One man has made it his mission to teach boys good manners and proper etiquette. 7's Lynn Martinez shows is in tonight's "Parent to Parent."
WSVN -- Vernon Moxey, Dudley Dickens School of Etiquette: "So what we're going to do right here is go through the everyday basic place setting."
Vernon Moxey has made it his mission to turn boys into men.
Vernon Moxey: "Even the concept of being a man in today's society is very vague."
The certified etiquette consultant says young boys have very few good role models, so he teaches them the ABCs of etiquette.
Vernon Moxey: "Appearance, behavior and culture."
Starting with appearance, the idea is if you look good, you will act accordingly.
When it comes to behavior, the lesson: Treat people with respect.
And culture teaches them to smoothly assimilate into any given situation.
Vernon Moxey: "If they go into a restaurant or a business meeting or to a new school, that they don't have to be so stiff. They can relax."
Vernon Moxey: "This is your water, this is for sherry, that's for wine."
Today's lesson is how to dine at a fancy restaurant.
Vernon says never tuck your napkin in your collar.
Vernon Moxey: "We fold it in half and put it right there, right across your knee."
And if you feel the need to wipe your nose, remember this one rule.
Vernon Moxey: "Never, ever, ever, ever use the napkin."
The boys also learn the proper way to tie a tie.
Donnie is a sixth grader from North Miami Montessori School. At first, he wasn't so sure about an etiquette class.
Donnie Butler, Learning to be a Gentleman: "I wasn't sure, but now, I'm like, 'Yeah, it's cool. It's fun.'"
He is now glad he knows how to act.
Donnie Butler: "It helps them go through life without looking, I don't know, goofy."
Ten-year-old Mattia is a budding ladies' man.
Mattia Marsi, Learning to be a Gentleman: "Being fancy of course, and then getting all the ladies to like you."
Vernon says good manners do more than get people to like you. They open doors.
Vernon Moxey: "If you can understand the whole art of etiquette, it's a ticket to a whole big world out there."
Lynn Martinez: "Vernon gives each boy a swag bag, which includes a necktie, cologne and a breath mint."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Dudley Dickens School of Etiquette
Tel: (786) 514-2976