How teens can decline invitations politely

Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on how to teach your teenager how to politely decline an invitation on a date if they aren't interested
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How teens can decline invitations politely

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So if your teenager is asked out on a date by someone that they’re not interested in necessarily, I think the most polite thing to do is to make up a little excuse. I think that the object is that we don’t want to necessarily lead someone else on if our affection for them is not the same as they may feel toward us and we certainly don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, so a little polite excuse will hopefully be just the remedy that might let this person know that you may not be interested. And hopefully they will then be able to find someone that can actually return their affection.

Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on how to teach your teenager how to politely decline an invitation on a date if they aren't interested

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Lisa Gache

Manners & Etiquette Expert

Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from the parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to "teach your kids to be polite." Her straightforward and doable advice has been featured on CNN, NPR, KTLA and “The Today Show” and in popular publications from USA Today and the New York Post to Woman’s Day magazine. Her contributions to blogs and websites range from the Los Angeles Times, AOL and The Huffington Post to SheKnows.com and MomLogic.com, as well as numerous parenting websites including ParentsAsk, Momversation, New Parent and Buttoned Up. Lisa has been a guest expert on a number of reality shows including “Charm School” on VH1, “Living with Ed” for the Discovery Channel and the soon to be aired “Mrs. Anka’s New PA”.  

In the fall of 2009, after almost eight years of working in her field, Lisa furthered her education by enrolling in The Protocol School of Washington, the first and only nationally accredited school to meet the high standards set by the ACCET and the US Department of Education. She received her certification as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant. 

Gaché is currently writing her debut book—the first fun and humorous parenting guide on manners for kids and teens. Her first manners App was released in early 2011 for both the iPhone and the Android. Lisa is a native New Yorker who was raised in Beverly Hills. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and currently resides in Beverly Hills with her entertainment attorney husband and two young daughters.

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