Play date due diligence

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Play date due diligence

If your child is invited to go to someone's home, and you know that there may be access to internet, there may be television that may not, necessarily be age-appropriate; what do you do? You feel sometimes at a loss, but you do have ways that you can handle the situation. One is you can do your due diligence. If you are able to learn a little bit about the family, figure out what might go on behind the closed door, then at least you can feel a little bit more comfortable when you drop your child off for that play date. The other side of the coin is sometimes you can only do so much. We don't want to overstep any boundaries. We certainly can't tell another parent how they should raise their children. We actually do, in some way, give up the control a little bit, when our child goes to someone's home. We hope that we have instilled in them, the tools and the wherewithal, so that if something is shown or an activity is presented to them that is age inappropriate, that they will be able to make the call and the right judgement, and say, no.

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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 and, 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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