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Parents paying up to $700 for kids' etiquette classes

SINGAPORE - Parents are willing to spend up to $700 to enrol their children in etiquette classes, even when their child is only four years old.

This was revealed by Protocol Academy's director, Ms Teo Ser Lee. Besides holding etiquette courses for adults, the centre also has classes for children aged five and up.

But some over-eager parents have asked to sign their four-year-olds up for the class, said Ms Teo.

Each course usually costs $120, but some parents have requested for private one-to-one sessions, held in their homes.

These special classes will cost up to $700, said Ms Teo. And parents who request for such private sessions are not necessarily wealthy either. Some of them are middle-income families living in HDB flats.

Ms Teo says parents these days are generally willing to splurge on their children. "They want their kids to develop self-confidence," says Ms Teo.

Besides teaching kids how to behave at the dinner table and at social events, Ms Teo also teaches them how to dress appropriately for different occasions.

"Some girls like to wear princess costumes, for example, but they need to know that such attire is not appropriate for all occasions," said Ms Teo.

Ms Teo also sees a 10 per cent increase each year in the number of children who register for the course. Thousands of children have 'graduated' from the courses, which started eight years ago.

Etiquette classes for juniors are only for those aged five and up, as they will be better able to grasp the concepts taught.

Each course lasts for four hours. But as children are known to have a short attention span, the course is broken up into three to four sessions, says Ms Teo.

readers' comments
$700 for kids' etiquette classes and got chance to meet up with Teo Ser Lee.... surely worth the spending for all "daddy"..... 2 birds with 1 stone.... chance chance... :p :D
Posted by Small Fly on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 11:55 AM

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Posted by hehehehahaha on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 11:23 AM

No money no love? :D
Posted by duntalktome on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 11:15 AM
Pay for $700 etiquette class is nothing. Parents these days are rich! There are other classes the kids are enrolled in - music, dancing class, art lessons at NAFA, maths and chinese tuition, english tuition at Morris Allen etc etc... the list goes on.

I have even heard of neighbours sponsoring their kid's birthday parties for makeovers for the whole group of friends, magic shows, party treats and food at $5,000++ at a hotel room or function room in town ... if this isn't over indulgence and extravagance, I don't know what is.

Don't blame the kids for not valuing money when they grow up. To these kids, money grows on trees and it's easy to get. Anyway, dad and mum are always busy in their offices and this is their way of telling us they love us.

Posted by kopikid on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:28 AM

Maybe you try to open other things la. It may attract maka. hahaha:D
Posted by goondoon on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:28 AM

hahaha......don't worry about goondoo. i am just fine. :D

seriously, i am not a desperate lah. i am just being frank and open about my feelings. :D

the way she says that i am stupid, naive and etc, were so sexy...... really makes me fantasize.... :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:26 AM

Maybe your approach is wrong. Try consulting Uncle Smickno, he may give you good advice.:D
Posted by goondoon on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:16 AM

hahha.......... that's true. :D

she must be thinking that i am pulling her leg. :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:02 AM

very rude!!! no manners!!! :mad: :D
Posted by A_Commoner on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 10:01 AM

The balloon is exploding...
You are not a competition to anyone... stick to your 700 per month.
If I am gay then you must be into animals because you and that pervert are in the same group.
And it's good that you join TSL because it clearly shows your true perverted self.
You are really hilarious.
Posted by dimpleguy on Tue, 6 Dec 2011 at 09:49 AM

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