Request from a reader
By Robin Abrahams
A reader writes:
I have a 16-year-old son who is beginning to date and go out with friends. I would like to know if there is a seminar or summer "camp" where he can learn about proper etiquette and behavior. I want him to learn how to be the "proper" gentleman and make a female companion feel special while in his company. I know that there is a course girls can take, but I don't know of one designed for boys. Also, is there a book you may recommend?
This is a great question! Do any other parents of sons (or friends of some other parents' sons) have suggestions for this Good Mom? I don't know of any such programs myself, but I'm sure there are some out there. Send your comments to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll pass them on to her. Thanks, all!
Oh, and Good Mom--one thing you might want to clue your son into is that he can have the best manners in the world, and it's still possible that a girl might not be that into him. Etiquette, sadly, is no guarantee that chemistry will go both ways. That doesn't mean that good manners aren't important, and won't make the right girl very happy.