I’m giving away the new Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever DVD on my dad blog (thank you Fox Home Entertainment). I have not seen the DVD, but according to the product literature, the animated movie is about manners:
When the very formal Berry Bitty Buggy Derby is revived, the girls are unfamiliar with the traditional behavior for the event. Blueberry starts off as the resident expert, but eventually gets so obsessed with manners she does more harm than good. In the end, the girls work together and learn the true meaning of being BFF’s or Berry Friends Forever.
Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever has a list price of $14.98, but you can currently purchase it on Amazon for $12.78. It will be available on DVD on March 5, 2013. In the meantime, check out the feature below. It highlights some of the berry best manners that Strawberry and Blueberry would approve of. Your children will learn how to be on their berry best behavior everyday with this fun guide.
Keep Your Elbows Off the Table
While the origin of this table manner is still up for debate, it’s berry polite to keep your elbows off the table while eating. Resting your elbows on the table while you eat makes you prone to accidental spills and other mishaps, while remembering to keep your elbows off the table ensures that food, utensils, and drinks remain on the table and out of your lap.
Always Use Your Inside Voice
It’s easy to get excited when talking about something you love and are excited about, or when having fun with your berry best friends, but it’s important to always use your inside voice. If you’re invited to a formal event like the Berry Bitty Buggy Derby like Strawberry and her pals are, you’d have to do your best to not yell to show your excitement.
Always Use Please and Thank you
Always remember to say, please before asking for something, and thank you when someone does something to help you. Using please and thank you isn’t just a way to be polite when asking for something, but it’s also a nice way to decline someone’s offer. Let’s say a friend offers you a snack at their house, but you’re allergic to the food — what do you say? No, thank you.
Knock Before Entering
If someone has the door to their bedroom, the bathroom, etc. closed, you should always knock and ask for permission to come in before entering. In general, people shut doors when they don’t want company, so if you want to be on your berry best behavior, you should always knock!
Chew With Your Mouth Closed
No matter how yummy your food is, always remember that those you’re eating with don’t want to see your chewed food hanging out of your mouth. Even though everyone enjoys tasty food, it’s important to chew food with your mouth closed so that you don’t accidentally gross out your dining companions. Chewing with your mouth closed also helps you keep from dropping chewed food on your clothes and the table. Another berry good tip: don’t talk with your mouth full of food either — it’s considered polite to finish chewing and then speak.
Strawberry Shortcake Giveaway
Thanks to Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my dad blog will win a Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Friends Forever DVD. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the giveaway is Wednesday, February 27th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the USA. If you don’t see an entry form below, please wait for the Rafflecopter giveaway form to load (or refresh the browser).
[Disclosure: I will not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the giveaway on my dad blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]