A Presidents Day Review: Washington’s Rules of Civility

Mother, May I….02.19.15

Do you know how to introduce the President of the United States?

Continue reading to learn more…

Monday marked the national holiday called Presidents Day.
Did you know that Presidents Day does not really celebrate any specific President? The intent of Presidents Day today is to offer our nations’ government workers a 3 day holiday.

The orign of Presidents’ Day dates back to 1800. Following President George Washington’s death in 1799, his February 22nd birthday became a perennial day of remembrance.
Did you know that at the age of 14, George Washington wrote down 110 rules under the title “Rule of Civility & Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation.” Even today, his rules of protocol codes of conduct and manners resonate. Mother, May I helps keep those codes of conduct front and center.

In honor of Presidents’ Day, we would like to share three of his written rules:

George Washington Rules of Civility

Washington’s Rules of Civility

Every action done in company ought to be with some sign of respect to those that are present.(in other words-pay attention)
In the presence of others sing not to yourself with a humming noise, nor drum your fingers or feet. (in other words-no fidgeting)
Wear not your clothes foul, ripped or dusty, but see that they be brushed once every day, at least, and take heed that you approach not to any uncleanliness. (in other words, personal hygiene and mindful dressing is important).

Read the full list of Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior.

Did you know that when visiting the George Washington National Memorial proper attire is required. Nonetheless, somewhere along the way-we forget to observe that simple code of conduct when visiting any national monument and wear proper monument visiting attire.

And to answer the question above…

Did you know that the President of the U.S.A.’s surname is never mentioned. He is spoken to and addressed as Mr. President or Sir. And, he is introduced first. So, even if you won’t be introducing any presidents this Presidents Day- please observe this National Holiday with respect.

If you want to learn more about how to make an impressive introduction, email us at info@mothermayimanners.com. Our words of advice will get you empowered to succeed towards your own presidential level.

Demetria and Lisa

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