Help children build relationships, confidence, and self-esteem

“This was a wonderful training! I learned the core of what true etiquette really is. I strongly recommend this program to all ‘true believers’ interested in spreading the word.” -Jane Pertiller, Eteaquette, LLC

The Emily Post Children’s Etiquette Train the Trainer Program’s unique approach to teaching etiquette focuses both on manners and on the principles they represent: consideration, respect and honesty. A hallmark of our training is that the curriculum mirrors a child’s natural development and topics are taught by age range: ages 2 to 4, 5 to 7, 8 to 12, and teenagers.

You will learn how to teach children’s etiquette just the way the Posts do. Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D., Emily Post’s great-granddaughter and creator of our children’s etiquette programs, will coach you through a three-day intensive curriculum. You will gain the skills, knowledge, materials and confidence to teach etiquette classes for children and teens.

Our Program

  • Teaches not only specific manners but also the underlying principles of etiquette
  • Focuses on teaching etiquette to children by developmental stages rather than strictly by topic
  • Is built around workshops you can teach to 4-7 year-olds, 8-12 year-olds and teens
  • Includes the seven modules (see box below right) that The Emily Post Institute uses to teach Children’s Etiquette Workshops
  • Gives the participants the opportunity to practice teaching and receive critiques on their presentation of the material
  • Focuses on how to customize the program for clients’ individual needs
  • Offers a practical discussion session on how to launch your own children’s etiquette workshop business

Our Ten Program Modules

  1. What is Etiquette?  –  In this module we define etiquette as a combination of Manners and Princples that come together to give a complete picture of what etiquette truly is.
  2. Six Social Development Stages  –  Our children’s etiquette program approaches teaching etiquette as age appropriate social skills. Knowing what to expect and when to expect it is critical to working with youth. We teach six stages of social development to help you tailor your teaching to have the greatest impact whatever age group you are working with.
  3. Etiquette for Children and Youth  –  Etiquette has to be about more than rules for children to really embrace the concept. In this module you learn to teach the values of Consideration, Respect, and Honesty as the foundation for good behavior at all ages.
  4. Everyday Manners  –  From “magic words” to shaking hands, these are the manners that come up in everyday situations. You will learn how to introduce these fundamental skills to children of all ages.
  5. Communication  –  Oral, written and electronic communication all have important manners associated with them. From thank-you notes to cell phones this module covers communication manners.
  6. Manners at School  –  School manners can vary from one environment to the next. This module covers manners in class, in the hall, on the bus, with teachers, in the lunchroom, and with classmates.
  7. Out and About  –  All the manners that work everyday, at school, and on the phone can get tricky when kids leave their usual routines. With a focus on host and guest roles this module covers new situations like visiting friends homes, relatives and public places.
  8. Table Manners  –  From bibs to spaghetti dinners to prom-night formal dining, kids and youth need practice at the table. This module focuses on the table manners appropriate for each age group.
  9. Teen Program  –  Many teens are ready for a version of this program that is almost at an adult level. This module focuses on equipping teens who are ready to start facing grown up etiquette questions with the grounding and confidence to make good choices.
  10. Toddler Development  –  Through a combination of read-along titles and play-along activities this module maps out programs for toddlers and their parents.
  11. Program Development  –  Learn how to combine and rework materials from the rest of the training into programs that will be relevant and provide the most value to your audiences.

An Interactive Experience

  • Analysis of each module
  • Observation of attendee presentations
  • Presentation practice session with critique
  • Interactive dining etiquette luncheon
  • Full day of facilitation skills training by Ovation Communication
  • Guidance on packaging and marketing your services from Dawn Stanyon of Professionality Consulting (and previously The Emily Post Institute’s Director of Sales for nine years)


  • Step-by-step leader’s guide and other training materials
  • Immediate access to regularly updated materials through our secure website (PowerPoint presentations, slides, tip sheets, children’s etiquette articles, surveys, and more)
  • The Gift of Good Manners and The Emily Post Institute Children’s Etiquette Library by Peggy Post and Cindy Post Senning, Ed.D.

Daniel Post Senning
(802) 860-1814

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