Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What To Do When You Have To Pass In Front Of Others At The Movies

ROMPER Gap (no longer available) // HAT Land's End // SUNGLASSES Old Navy (no longer available) // FLIP FLOPS Old Navy

I always wonder why, right in the middle of watching a movie at the mall, I have to go to the bathroom.
I try to take care of that before we find our seats and the movie starts but gulping a extra large Fruitopia within the first 20 minutes of the movie never helps!
I try my best to hold it until the very last possible moment but sometimes you just have to go!
If you have to get up in the middle of a movie to go to the bathroom, take a look on either side of your seat and pick your quickest exit path across your row before you even stand up. When you decide which way you are going to go and are ready, stand up and shuffle over out of your row as quickly and quietly as you can.
If you have to pass in front of someone sitting in your row, quietly say 'excuse me' and pass in front of them doing your best not to touch them or disturb them in any way (it's not their fault you have to go).
Also keep in mind that even though you can't think of anything else but going, other people want to watch the movie they paid for so try not to call out to your friends, play with your phone or act silly like giggling out loud like some of us do when we get a little embarrassed. (I always feel a little funny when I realise that people know where I am going and what I am going to do when I get there!)  

Thursday, 23 July 2015

What To Do When You Have To Ride An Elevator

ROMPER Gap // TANKTOP Gap (similar here)  // SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban // FLIP-FLOPS Old Navy

Maybe you've noticed that I talk about my little brother a lot. It's just that he always seems to be doing the exact opposite of what my mom tells us we should do to have good manners.
Like yesterday when we had an appointment and had to take the elevator. My brother ran ahead of us and was at the front of the line when the elevator came. There was a granny standing in front of us so when the elevator came, my brother ran in instead of waiting for the people on the elevator to come off first which is what you should always do. The granny was really slow getting into the elevator so by the time it was our turn, the elevator doors closed and away went my brother!
We ran around the corner and raced up the stairs to the third floor hoping he'd remember where we were supposed to go and get off there. 
Lucky for him, he remembered and we found him right outside the elevator doors. I'm not sure if he just got scared or that he figured he was going to get into trouble but he was crying. My mom didn't stay mad for too long though, I think she felt bad because he was crying so before we went into our appointment we sat on the bench and talked about riding the elevator!
Always stand in line for an elevator and no budding, especially in front of someone old or if a lady is pregnant or has a stroller.  If no one has pressed the 'going up' or 'going down' button, you can do it but only once. When the elevator doors open, you have to wait for the people coming off to exit first, then you walk into the elevator safely without pushing or running. Also, don't forget to stand with your family or whoever else you are with so that you don't get separated or lost.
Inside the elevator, check to make sure the button for the floor you are headed to has been pressed (it will usually look lit up if it has been pressed already) and if it hasn't, press it but only once.
Don't press buttons for other floors unless someone else riding the elevator has asked you to. Stand still and don't jump up and down. The elevator is not a playground and if it stops suddenly, someone could get hurt or you could be stuck in there. Watch the numbers on top of the elevators doors and when you get to your floor, wait for the doors to open up.
Allow those old people, pregnant ladies and parents with strollers to get off first. Then calmly exit the elevator and away you go!

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

What To Do When You Have To Knock on a Front Door

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When my family visits someones house, me and my brother always run to the front door to see who will get to knock on the door. If my brother gets there first, he always rings the door bell and if my parents are really behind us, he tries more than once!
If my mom catches him, he always gets into trouble.
She says that you only ring or knock once and then wait. Ringing the doorbell more than once or twice is annoying for the person inside the house. She says the same goes for knocking. You want to let the person know you are at the front door, not scare them.
Also, never push the door open and just walk in, that's just rude and you never know if the person you are visiting is ready for you!
Walk up to the door, ring or knock once and wait for the person to answer. Say hello and wait for the person to invite you in.

Friday, 17 July 2015

What To Do When You Have To Introduce Yourself

DRESS Gap // SANDALS Birkenstock // BAG Roots // SUNGLASSES Ray-Ban

I usually go to camp every summer but for some reason, my mom decided that we (that's me and my brother) were going to stay home this year. I don't mind it really, I like hanging out with my family and my mom takes us out every day all over the place.
We go to the park in my neighbourhood a lot and there are always a bunch of kids there. My brother isn't as shy as I am so he always makes new friends but I have a harder time meeting new people.
My mom is always talking about how important it is to have good manners, especially for a shy kid and she taught me how to properly introduce myself to someone new.
It doesn't have to sound fancy, just look at someone in the eyes (I aim for their face), smile and say "Hi, my name is " and just add your name to the end. The most important part of it all is to make sure you smile and unless of course you are a robot or something, I know we can all do that.
If you do it often enough, it won't seem so scary and most of the time, the person usually smiles back and tells you their name too.
(Sounds simple but I know it is not as easy as that. Trust me, I practise all the time in the mirror when no one is around and I still get scared most of the time but I just do it!)
How do you handle meeting new kids?

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Hello Pidge!

My name is Madeleine but for some reason, my mom has always called me Pidge.
I am a daughter, a sister, a photographer, a friend, a sixth-grader, a lover of avocados but mostly I am a shy kid.
That's why I am here. My mom wanted me to start a journal this summer to express myself more but most of the time, I can never find the book my mom gave me and who writes on paper anyways?!
So yeah, hi!