The best Training any parent can give a child is to train the child to train himself.
– A.P. Gouthey
The Prohibition Party is long gone but Mr. Gouthey’s words still ring true. Learning how to learn and how to manage uncomfortable situations can lead to great success. This idea is a part of all Social Arts Atlanta Classes. They include lots of practice being “outside your comfort zone” in an environment where students can make mistakes and learn from them..
I can feel the twinkle of his eye in his handshake.
This simple gesture can tell so much about a person. Its style changes for different cultures; grip, speed, length, etc., but its purpose of demonstrating trust and openness remain the same.
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
– Abigail Van Buren
Dear Abby is absolutely right and her thought can even be applied to adults. Responsibility gives us a sense of purpose that makes an opportunity to build genuine self-esteem.
The greater the controversy, the more you need good manners.
Ms. Martin is a great source of advice. This simple quote is timely and important. Always recall that good manners are based on consideration of others and think twice about saying or doing something that you would not appreciate being the recipient of.
Another time, I opened a door for a stranger.
– Ethan Collins, SAA Student
In order to ensure that we are making a difference to the families that we serve, we ask for feedback on how students are using the skills that we teach. When asked how he used what he learned in Social Arts 101, Mr. Collins said that he helped a lady with her chair and opened a door for a stranger. These are two pretty simple acts, nice things, things that required attention to the needs of others.
Kudo’s to Mr. Collins for not perpetuating the self-centered stereotype of adolescents! We are happy to be a part of developing your awareness of others.
I started using my social skills the first few days of 7th grade. Lots of new friends to make! I got a lot of new teachers. I was very polite, and use my hand shaking skills.
-Sam Castellano, SAA Student
The first days of school can make a student nervous. From this quote, it is evident that Sam was able to use the skills he learned in Social Arts 101 to make that time easier.
One of the first ideas that we look at in Social Arts 101 is why manners are important and how etiquette helps us in life. All Social Arts Atlanta students learn that manners are not a scary, over-the-top set of rules meant to trip you up but are a simple way to treat people with honesty, courtesy and respect which make life a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.
I was introduced to a co-worker of my Father’s and when I shook his hand, I had a firm shake and I used eye contact. After I shook his hand, he commented on how well I introduced myself.
-Erin Iverson, Peer Chaperon
A firm hand shake and eye contact are two elements of a good introduction that are taught in Social Arts 101 and continue to be practiced in Social Arts 102.
Introductions are first impressions and a genuine and confident presence is very important. Knowing the skills (hands web to web, make eye contact and three firm and gentle pumps) and practicing them is a sure way to a good first impression even in an uneasy situation.