Skirt! blogger Aly Murphy just launched a children’s book, “The Manner’s Contract,” which is illustrated by artist Tate Nation. The book reminds little ones that “good manners are not only what we do and say, but they’re ways we can show kindness every single day.” We think her 30-day checklist is is a perfect example of how you can help teach children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews to spread kindness and promote peace. There’s no reason grownups can’t participate as well.
_Offer to wash a neighbor’s car.
_Give a book to a friend.
_Put flowers on a stranger’s windshield.
_Send a thank-you note to a police officer.
_Bake cupcakes for your babysitter.
_Pick up trash at a local park.
_Bake cookies for your local fire station.
_Give everyone in your family a compliment.
_Make a list of five things for which you are grateful.
_Hold the door open for a stranger.
_Put change in a parking meter.
_Set the table for dinner.
_Go out of your way to make a new friend.
_Call your grandparents and tell them you love them.
_Donate clothing to a thrift store.
_Forgive someone who hurt you.
_Offer to walk a neighbor’s pet.
_Plant a tree.
_Offer to carry a friend’s books.
_Let someone behind you in line go ahead of you.
_Leave a 100% tip.
_Rake the yard.
_Stand up for someone.
_Hide money in a random place for strangers to find.
_Smile at a stranger.
_Volunteer at a homeless shelter.
_Make someone laugh.
_Ask how someone is feeling.
_Thank someone who inspires you.
_Make breakfast for the whole family.
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“The Manners Contract” is available on Amazon
Alyson Murphy received a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from the University of South Carolina and holds certifications in professional etiquette and advanced behavior analysis from the The Charleston School of Protocol and the Nonverbal Group in Manhattan.