4 outdated manners today's parents don't need to teach their kids

david copperfield

Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

The definition of "polite" has changed a lot.

• Manners are always welcome, but some are outdated

• Good manners are about making people feel comfortable, and some old-fashioned ones no longer do that

• Teaching your child to be thoughtful about how they interact with other people will always be valuableAdvertisement

The idea of skipping over to a new friend's house with a ribbon in your hair and dropping off a fancy calling card is, today, almost laughable.

But not too long ago, that was standard social protocol. And parents would be ashamed if their children did anything else.

Business Insider asked two etiquette experts - Barbara Pachter, author of "The Communication Clinic," and Daniel Post Senning, the author of "Manners in a Digital World" and the great-great-grandson of Emily Post - to tell us about some manners that kids don't need to learn anymore.

Read on for those manners - and what you should be teaching your kids instead so they grow up to be polite and respectful adults.