Southern mamas, rejoice! Though it seems like the days of good Southern graces have been replaced with heart emojis and LOLs, a modern day charm school helps revive manners in young women and men.
Parents still want to raise their children to be kindhearted and mannerly, but there’s been a shift in our culture from slow and sweet to fast and self-indulging. Family dinners have been replaced with drive-thru lanes on the way to practice. Kids today are over-scheduled and over-stimulated and many houses require a two-person income to maintain appearances. In a world that’s supposed to be easier and more convenient, we find less and less time to actually raise our children. All of the hustle and bustle has led to a life with a lot less emphasis on holding the door open for others.
Thankfully, we have Lisa Shoch to help show us the way. Lisa is the owner of Simply Southern Graces, a charm school that helps show the world that chivalry is still alive and well and being taught in Kennesaw. “Proper etiquette, manners and life skills training will provide your child with an advantage to excel in an ever-changing and competitive world,” says Lisa. She also notes that children with these skills are more confidant in handling interactions with their peers, teachers, parents and other adults. “A more confident child is happier, better able to adapt to different situations, better suited to be a leader, and certainly better equipped to succeed in school and life,” says Lisa.
How many times do you remember to tell your child to hold the door for others? Teach them what fork to use first at the dinner table? Or advise them on the proper way to ask a girl to Waltz? Today’s busy schedule just doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for instructing your child on the how to handle social situations properly. “Our number one goal is for classes to be informative, engaging, hands on, and yes, especially fun (we include games and competition to help them retain their etiquette knowledge)! We reinforce “good, old-fashioned” manners in a fun and modern way,” says Lisa.
One of the most enticing reasons to sign up is an invite to the coveted (invitation-only) Daffodil Ball in Atlanta. “All 6th through 8th grade students who participate in our program for two or more years will be guaranteed an invitation to the prestigious Daffodil Ball at the Atlanta Country Club. The Daffodil Ball is a gathering of greater Atlanta’s finest young ladies and gentlemen and is by invitation only. We feel very fortunate to be able to offer this to our students,” says Lisa.
By blending a modern twist on an old-fashioned staple, Lisa is hoping to bring a little bit of Southern Charm to a new generation.
THE GUIDE |
6th grade – $199 (January – April)
7th and 8th grade – $299 (Sept – April)
Specialty classes offered occasionally for 2nd – 5th grades; also Sorority Rush prep $75 – $100, depending on package.
A SPECIAL OFFER FOR OUR BDRW READERS JUST IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS:
Receive a 20% off discount by mentioning LBD | LRW when registering for a 6th grade class by January 15th. A 7th/8th grader who books for NEXT year (Sept 2018 – Apr 2019) by Feb 1st and mentions LBD | LRW will also receive a discount.