Etiquette

5 Times It’s Hard to Say No (And How to Do It Anyway)

Chances are, you’ll find common ground—and useful lessons—in the following scenarios from Real Simple readers and staff.

7 Secrets to Saying No (And Not Feeling Guilty About It)

The goal is to convey two things: I can’t accommodate that request and I still value this relationship. These seven tips will help you master a good no.

Your Most Pressing Relationship Etiquette Questions, Answered

Real Simple’s etiquette expert, Catherine Newman, offers her best advice on your love quandaries.

7 Everyday Etiquette Conundrums, Solved

How to handle the situation when someone refuses to call you by the right title—and answers to six other tricky name-related questions.

How Can I Politely Express My Dietary Needs?

Try these tips for dealing with tricky food restrictions.

Your Roommate Troubles, Solved

Real Simple’s etiquette expert offers her best advice for when you (really) wish you could afford your own place.

How to Teach Your Kids Gift-Receiving Etiquette

Let’s be honest: Not every holiday present is going to elicit the reaction a Hatchimals might. Some will be downright disappointing. But you don’t have to end up in an embarrassing situation, where your little one stands there in stunned silence (or, worse, voices the disappointment out loud). Parent Hacks author Asha Dornfest shares three tips for teaching kids how to graciously receive any gift.

All Your Etiquette Questions, Answered

Real Simple’s Modern Manners columnist, Catherine Newman, etiquette expert and author of the parenting memoir Waiting for Birdy, offers her best advice on your social quandaries.

10 Ways to Be a Better Guest

You know to say please and thank you and not bring up the hostess’s recent breakup. But if you really want to shine—and be invited back next year—take note of these simple rules.