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Respectfully Yours: gym etiquette

Friday, March 30, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

I recently joined a gym for the first time and am feeling very self-conscious. Are there gym etiquette rules that I should know so I don’t embarrass myself?

Dear Reader, Even at a gym, rules of etiquette should be followed. Sure, the social graces expected in a gym are a bit different from those expected at a formal dinner or wedding, but manners are important just the same.

Respectfully Yours: Baby visit

Friday, March 23, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Can you please share your advice on the etiquette of visiting a friend’s house after a new baby arrives? I was excited to visit the newborn and I am afraid I made things more stressful. Do you have any “ground rules” for visitors after the baby is born?

Dear Reader,

There are few things in life more heartwarming than meeting a newborn baby for the first time. But for the parents who have just had a baby, there are few things that are more stressful than too much company.

Respectfully Yours: grocery etiquette

Friday, March 16, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Trips to the grocery store can be downright exhausting and I have noticed that the grocery store checkout lane is a place where I encounter bad manners. What are your thoughts on grocery store etiquette?

Dear Reader,

The grocery store is fraught with inconveniences, but knowing how to navigate the grocery store will make your shopping experience a bit more pleasant.

Respectfully Yours: Good sports

Friday, March 9, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

My daughter is a very good soccer player. Therefore she is a target for the other team to take her out. Recently, she was head-butted and hurt by a player on the opposing team. The other player was clearly in the wrong and taken out of the game. A parent behind us quipped, “Well if she doesn’t want to get hurt she shouldn’t make herself a target.” Not wanting to make a scene, I said nothing but felt this parent’s comment should have been addressed.

Respectfully Yours

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’m struggling with children’s birthday party etiquette. My daughter will be eight in March, and we are planning a party. This year, my daughter would like to invite children from school, which I think would be fun. How do we decide who to invite, the length of the party, and the best time to open gifts? I’d like to use this opportunity to teach my daughter how to be a gracious party host.

Dear Reader,

Respectfully Yours

Thursday, February 22, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I am beginning a new semester in college and I often communicate with professors via email. Please explain the basics of email etiquette and how to format a proper email.

Dear Reader, The number of emails you send in your college career may seem endless. The way in which you communicate and present yourself when writing to your professors is extremely important. You should view how you communicate as a professional exchange.

Respectfully Yours: nosy co-worker

Friday, February 9, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

What’s the best way to handle a nosy co-worker who is asking too many personal questions? I don’t know how to answer without sounding rude.

Dear Reader,

When you’re working with the same people every day, co-workers naturally start to become curious about one another. This isn’t unusual considering these are the people you spend most of your waking hours with.

Respectfully Yours: Valentine gift

Friday, January 26, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

How do you determine what type of Valentine’s Day gift to buy for your significant other? Does the gift depend on the length of the relationship? I’d appreciate your thoughts for some Valentine’s Day gift ideas. I struggle each year to get the sentiment right.

Dear Reader,

Valentine’s Day means different things to different people.

What you plan depends on how long you’ve been together and how serious the relationship is.