FBombs! Handy Manners Guide

“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any. ” — Fred Astaire

Ros Marsden authors the essential manners book every parent should gift their teenager -

F...Bombs!  The Handy Manners Guide to Make Your Life Easier

A fun, celebrity packed book that makes sense of today's tough world.

Stranger thanks mum for manners on train

"Have a drink on me.  You are a credit to your generation.  Polite and teaching the little boy good manners.  Have a lovely evening. PS I have a daughter your age, someone did the same for her once. Hope when she has children she is as good a mother as you.'

When Sammie Welch moved her 3 year old son on her lap to let a stranger sit next to her on the train, she never expected him to leave her such a kind letter and a 5 pound note.  Is it concerning that what should be normal polite behaviour now needs special thanks?  Are good manners rare where you live?

Unsung hero ad gives good social message

At the end of the day, this video is an ad for insurance, but the motivations and behaviour it demonstrates for many minutes gives a message to every child and adult growing up in today's world.  Watch it and try not to be moved!  It might make your day feel a little better.

Playgrounds - children should play in this paradise

This is an important video because it challenges every parent to consider what is going to give their child the greatest opportunity to become a fearless and brave adult. Vermont film-maker Erin Davis, is working on this great documentary project called The Land right now.  Keep an eye out for the finished product and find out more at this link.  What do you think?  Would you let your son and daughter experience this?

F...Bombs! Handy Manners Guide to Make Your Life Easier - the friendly manners book every parent should give their teenager

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F...Bombs! Handy Manners Guide is the new bible for anyone raising a teenager or hanging out with rude adults. 

It's not about etiquette, it's about good, old-fashioned courtesy. Thinking about others. 

F...Bombs! takes off where Toddler Taming stops.  A book to navigate teenagers 12 and up through those clumsy, awkward years when you're trying to work out your personal values. 

F...Bombs! tackles manners topics like mobile use, dress code, shopping courtesy, cultural differences, home chores, public transport behaviour through to what to do with your mucus and leaving the toilet clean!

It's light, it's fun and jam-packed with celebrity photos that will make you smile. Designed in bite-sized sections for a quick browse just like a Facebook post or Twitter post.  

Make 2014 the year of making nice people everywhere.  It's as simple as that! 

Order F...Bombs! Handy Guide to Manners from all good book stores or from Wilkinson Publishing

Social media attack - Australian law fines $105,000



If you think you're immune on social media, think again.  A 20 year old NSW man has just been ordered to pay $105,000 for harrassing a NSW school teacher on Twitter and Facebook.  It's the first defamation of its type to go to full trial in Australia and a serious reminder that you need to think before you write in a public space.  Even though the young man had only a small following his comments were not acceptable.

Read the full report here.

14 year old girl removed for bad manners

There is no place for rudeness in any sporting event and certainly no place for racial abuse against sporting players who work hard to entertain us.

The young 14 year old girl removed from the Collingwood football match at Friday night's match in Australia must have felt embarrassed and humiliated.  She had apparently shouted racial abuse to Adam Goodes from the spectator stand and officials asked her to leave the match.

Maybe this is what we need more of.  Good old-fashioned discipline - cause and effect.  You do the wrong thing and you're denied the fun of attending the remainder of the game you paid money to enjoy.   

This was a good disciplinary move.  But let's make sure that we don't show bad manners as a society by continuing to punish this very young teenager.  Eddie McGuire, President of Collingwood Football Club put it best: 

 "You never know maybe this little girl is feeling like the whole world's  falling on top of her and we have to look after her as well," McGuire said.

"It's not about putting people before the firing squad, it's about educating  people and while we're all angry in the first instance it's like watching your  kids when they do something wrong.

"You're angry at the start then you educate them, give them a cuddle and we  can all grow from it."

Let's hope this young woman has learnt from her error and can grow taller as she learns that good manners will make her a strong adult.  

What do you think?


Naked women parade for disgusting TV show


You may not have heard of Thomas Blachman.  He's a television personality who has launched a show on Danish TV where naked women parade in front of him and his fellow host to have their body critiqued.

He calls it genius.  “The female body thirsts for words. The words of a man. And they went for it.”  

Even if you can't understand Danish, this show feels sleazy even in the promotional videos.  The dark shadowy set, the black satin gown that the woman slips off her shoulders and the two men just sitting and ogling.

This show is a giant, enormous, mammoth step backwards for women and prevents any of us from hoping to show the world a code of manners and respect for all male and female relationships.

Here's the link to the Denmark TV board if you feel like complaining: