Melissa Groom is starting a child etiquette business based on positive praise.
Melissa Groom is starting a child etiquette business based on positive praise. Blainey Woodham

Manners maketh the child

ACCORDING to Kingscliff mum Melissa Groom, manners are the key to success.

That is why she is turning “super nanny” and starting her own child-etiquette school called Groom 2Success.

Mrs Groom said she came up with the concept as she raised her three children, currently aged three, seven and 10 years old.

“I have aimed it at teaching children good old-fashioned manners, but in a fun way,” she said yesterday.

“Hopefully I can make life easier for parents and teachers who already have a huge job on their hands.”

She is going into the business with no preconceptions about the kind of children she would be teaching, but there will be no “ladette to lady” transformations at this stage, as the age group for classes will be three-to-12-year-olds.

According to Mrs Groom, kids these days don’t getmany breaks in the world, so her program, which is based on a successful American model, will be based around “positive praise”.

“The most important thing for children to learn is respect for themselves and others.

“My mother told me ‘treat others as you would like to be treated’.”

She said she wanted to give the kids a sense of pride and strength in who they are.

“I think you have to get to the heart of children when they are young and really bring them up with positive praise, instead of ‘don’t do this, don’t do that’.”

She said she saw a gap in the manners market because there were plenty of grooming schools for girls wishing to be models, or for aspiring television stars, but nothing for young kids.

Mrs Groom said learning manners and social skills as a child was a benefit for adolescence and adulthood.

“It is very important with all the things children have to deal with every day that they have the tools to be a leader rather than a follower.”

Mrs Groom said she would be happy to provide advice to parents or grandparents if they felt they needed it.

Mrs Groom said she was taking registrations now for classes to start in February, 2010.



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