They say that good manners never go out of style. But there are some rules that should really kind of slide by the wayside. That’s when it’s time to say that some etiquette rules should be retired right now. I mean, knowing how to properly set a table is nice — if your family sits down to dinner together each night. But the idea that children should not speak unless spoken to is pretty ridiculous.
But etiquette is important. It serves as a guideline of sorts for how we should behave in various situations, The Spruce reported. It might be anything from knowing how to address someone you just met to understanding why you should always acknowledge some good done to you in the form of a thank you. And etiquette can change from country to country, community to community. Even your family probably has some rules about etiquette that you might not even realize that you’ve already implemented (like thanking Grandma for your child’s birthday present).
And the truth is that having good manners, well, matters. “Codes of conduct and polite behavior are always in fashion,” Tara Darby Rasheta, Program Development Director at JDW Cotillions, tells Romper. (JDW Cotillions runs dance and social education programs for kids.) “Although some of those rules definitely may change slightly over time.” So learn what you should (and shouldn't) be doing with these etiquette rules that might not be entirely relevant these days.