Friday, June 13, 2008

Etiquette Part 4

Home Etiquette
  • If you are not going to be home for supper, communicate that you will not be there, in plenty of time-before Mother starts cooking the meal.
  • If you are going to be late home, always let the family know. Make sure the family always knows where you are.
  • Do not eat in front of other people. If people arrive when you are eating, offer to share your food with them.
  • If you make a mess, clean it up. If you spill something, clean it up. Do not leave it to someone else.
  • Make your bed daily and keep your room tidy.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave the room.

  • If you see something lying on the floor, pick it up and put it in its rightful place.
  • Do not put something down, put it away.
  • Cultivate a HELPFUL SPIRIT. When you see something needs doing, do it. Do not wait to be asked. Wash dishes without being asked. Do not do the least you can do, but always go "the second mile" and do more than is expected.
  • If you are asked to do a job, do it to the best of your ability. Do it with all your might. Do not leave a job half finished. Always complete it.
  • Do not jump on the sofas and do not run through the house.
  • Do not leave the house without saying "Good-bye." Always inform the household where you are going.
  • Do not eat in bedrooms. The kitchen and dining room are eating rooms.
  • Do not whisper at the table, or in front of company. If you can not share what you are saying openly with everyone present, do not say it. Keep it for a private encounter.
  • When an older person comes into the room, stand up to greet them and show respect. Leviticus 19:32 says, "Stand up before the grey-haired person; honor the face of the aged and revere your God."
  • Honor your parents by the way you speak to them and help them. This is the secret of a happy and successful life.
  • Do not go to bed before saying "Goodnight" to everyone.

Now, obviously a lot of these are meant for kids, but adults can apply some of these too. I admit I don't do a lot of these and might not do it well. Don't live in condemnation if you can't or aren't in a season of life where you can do these things. Obviously I don't make my bed everyday depending on what's going on and I don't feel guilty about it either. Jumping on sofas doesn't seem to be a struggle for me either, but I do need to work on other things such as turning off lights and putting things back in their rightful place. So just read it for what it is and don't feel guilty if you aren't doing these things. I am just simply posting what the poster says. It is a helpful reminder for me though to always be aware and cautious of what I am or am not doing.