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When and How Much to Tip While Traveling This Summer

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.30.2013 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Not knowing "who" and "how much" to tip can end up costing you more in uncertainty, embarrassment and cash. Here are commonly asked questions and also a General Tipping Guide when traveling in the United States.

The Secret Damage to You From Being Disorganized

Joel Zaslofsky | Posted 06.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Joel Zaslofsky

There are plenty of ways that our collective disorganization is inflicting secret collateral damage all around us. You might never realize it the toll of too much chaos, but the people impacted and their overall environment certainly do.

Are You Flirting With Me -- Or Just Being Polite?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

On my wedding night in a beautiful mountain lodge that we had rented out for the occasion, my then 80-something Aunt Sophie called the front desk at midnight and asked if Frederic, the 26-year-old French chef who had just fed us a sublime meal and spent much of the evening dancing with her, could please come to her cabin to remove the spider she had just found.

TMI: Too Much Itinerary

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jeanne Martinet

Why is it that we feel everyone has to be alerted about everything about our lives? We have become a society of over-sharers. As if the me-generation wasn't self-involved enough, it has evolved into the please-look-at-me generation.

Making the A Team: The Rights and Privileges of Childhood

Emma Jenner | Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Somehow, over the last fifteen years, parents have increasingly embraced the idea that rules are for other people's children, and that bending them to make things easier in the short term is a good idea.

The Age of Impoliteness

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style
Imogen Lloyd Webber

Perhaps I am just getting old. Maybe it's the new normal to arrive twenty minutes late, to arrange a meeting so you can spend its duration broadcasting to the world where your physical but not mental presence is and to never snail mail.

Sorry, You Aren't Invited: A Practical Guide to Children's Birthday Party Guest Lists

Emma Jenner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Being on all three sides of a guest list -- inviter, invited and uninvited -- can help children not only become more resilient, but also more conscientious and empathetic. It's up to parents to use parties as opportunities for chats about friendship, kindness, and etiquette.

Please Don't Make Me Prove That I'm Disabled

Lia Seth | Posted 05.01.2013 | Women
Lia Seth

I try to keep the conversation light-hearted at first, but once it's clear that my conversational partner is getting a little too light-hearted, I need to make sure that they know I'm serious about the fact that the blue tag hanging on my rearview mirror is mine.

Memorable Family Vacations

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 04.24.2013 | Parents
Jodi R. R. Smith

From theme parks where dreams come to life to amusement parks that take your breath away, spending quality family time together has the potential for being quite taxing. Here are some polite suggestions for making your vacation memorable... in a positive way.

6 Ways to Chic up Valentine's Day Clichés

Michael Cohen | Posted 04.14.2013 | Style
Michael Cohen

Red roses, really? You bought these online and didn't even go to a florist to hand pick them? That's the best you can do, boo?

11 Things Kids Today Should Learn

Posted 02.12.2013 | Fifty

Do you remember practicing your cursive writing on dotted and lined pieces of paper in elementary school? It's becoming a relic of the past, up there ...

6 Things You Shouldn't Say When Visiting Your Adult Children

Anthonia Akitunde | Posted 04.12.2013 | Fifty
Anthonia Akitunde

Sometimes a well-meaning observation can just be annoying no matter the person's relation to you. Though we can't quite pull "My house, my rules" rank (you're still our parents after all), here is a list of six things you should never say to your adult children when you're visiting them.

Should You Split the Bill?

Susan Orlins | Posted 04.03.2013 | Women
Susan Orlins

Years ago, my parents went to dinner with the parents of my close friend. My mom and dad were of modest means and Close Friend's parents owned Impressionist paintings. At the end of dinner, my father -- ever the gentleman -- offered to pick up the tab for the whole dinner.

Has Teaching Good Manners to Our Children Become Old-Fashioned?

John McCormick | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
John McCormick

Parents always say they want their kids to be polite. Well-mannered kids are nicer to have at the dinner table when guests come over and they can carry on a polite conversation with a college recruiter or a potential employer down the road. But, like money, manners don't grow on trees.

A Generation of Spoiled Brats?

Rym Tina Ghazal | Posted 01.28.2013 | Parents
Rym Tina Ghazal

Like three princesses, they sat ready to be served: hair perfectly set, one was in a pink dress, another in a lilac one and the third in a peach colou...

Twelve Simple Ways to Ruin a Night at the Theater

Carey Purcell | Posted 03.20.2013 | Arts
Carey Purcell

We all have our secret hopes and dreams, and I wouldn't be surprised if many of us share the same dream -- to be screamed at from Patti LuPone on a Broadway stage. Don't worry. You, too, can be as obnoxious as that audience member.

Sickies Stay Home

Jodi R. R. Smith | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Jodi R. R. Smith

As etiquette deals with behaviors and interactions, etiquette also has something to say about contagious individuals traveling among us.

LOOK: Cafe Offers Discount For Being Polite

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business

Sure, maybe you're a little cranky because you have yet to get your morning caffeine fix. But is that a good reason to treat everyone around you reall...

What Kids Can Learn From Disney's Sofia the First

Lee Allport | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Lee Allport

Maybe all children, not just Princes and Princesses, could learn a thing or two from Royal Prep Academy.

10 Meal Etiquette Rules Every Kid Should Know

GalTime | Posted 03.06.2013 | Parents

This year, instead of the usual resolutions, why not make gathering the family around the dining table -- working on manners and proper eating etiquette -- top of the list?

Let's Resolve to Blunt the Edge of Rude America

Jerry Lanson | Posted 03.02.2013 | Parents
Jerry Lanson

In my world, there are too many signs that rudeness is on the rise. And it's not good for anyone's frame of mind.

8 Steps to Smartphone Recovery

Felice Shapiro | Posted 01.21.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

I love my phone but to be honest, I reached my limit on this technology at a restaurant the other night when six friends took their phones out and placed them face-up next to their plates. 

WATCH: The Perfect Guide To Holiday Etiquette

Posted 01.20.2013 | Comedy

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, it's a good time of year to brush up on our etiquette. What are all the different forks for again? And what the eff ...

Words Are Not Enough: Banks and Presidential Debates

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 12.31.2012 | Business
William B. Bradshaw

The other day I made a sizable bank deposit at the drive-up window after the lobby was closed. When I looked at the receipt, I noticed that the funds ...

Ask Michael Cohen: How to Stop Feeling Entitled

Michael Cohen | Posted 12.26.2012 | Miami
Michael Cohen

Sure, your college projects may be crazy amazing, but you're in the real word now. Work hard, get experience and write me in a few years when you may have ample credentials for your next job.