This may be a tricky issue, as some children may view parental advice with suspicion, but I’ve just experienced a major hand-shaking event with various friend’s children & friends of theirs.
I wondered if anyone had explained to them what a handshake was supposed to be–not that all adults are free of the aforementioned problem, but this seemed excessive, perhaps indicating cluelessness.
I don’t want to go all Dale Carnegie on you, but he has a point. A handshake is a big first impression, and surely it’s not too hard to offer a firm grip, a brief squeeze and release. You can even throw in eye contact for extra credit.
Maybe it’s an issue of a child/young adult not feeling confident, but I don’t care–act it, at least. Surprisingly, confidence will come and people will give you the benefit of the doubt for starters.
Reach out and touch someone…properly.
Unsolicited advice from Isabel Swift
Nice! Though I think the salute may be thought to be over the top for most social situations…
My daughter grew up going to March ARB with her dad, who is a civilian aviation photographer. She learned to shake hands firmly, salute and say “sir”. She met a 4 star general at Nellis once, shook his hand, told him “It’s nice to meet you, sir” and garnered big kudos for her dad with it. I think she was about 14 at the time…
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