Is it rude for a teen to introduce themselves to adults without an adult introducing them first?
My husband introduced me to his coworker while my 14 yr old daughter was present, instead of her staying quiet....she put her hand out and said, "Hello my name is Lexi." The coworker reciprocated and I thought everything was fine. Later my husband told me that was extremely rude of her...I didn't think so...I saw a confident young woman. Who is right if there is a right?
Aug 11, 2011
by: Wendy (Modern Manners and Etiquette)
Thank you for your question.
I agree with you on this matter. Looking around at a majority of teenagers right now, I rarely see any who want to speak to anyone, let alone introduce themselves. It is a mark of a confident person to look a stranger in the eye, offer their hand and introduce themselves. I compliment her, and you for raising a confident daughter.
I think in the world of text messaging, social media and all other forms of electronic communication, there are so many who are losing the ability to speak and be confident with humans around. Continue the wonderful job you are doing with her. Compliment her on the times she does show her confidence and reach out to others. This is a skill that will carry her far in this world.