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Table Manners: 102

Parents, I have another lesson for you.  It’s time to remind you that if your young child is crying or misbehaving at the dinner table,  then take the child out immediately.  Just because it doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean it isn’t bothering others.  This is etiquette 101 for young children and older ones. Behavior like this is unacceptable at the dinner table.  In addition,  teaching your children table manners begins with your behavior.  Turn off that phone.  Place your napkin on your lap.  If it is cloth, fold in a half and place on both legs.  If it is a paper napkin, open the napkin up completely and place on both legs.  Remember to never eat with your mouth open.  Think about it, no one wants to see the food in your mouth or have it come flying at you.

Young children need to stop talking and sit still while chewing.  There is a good reason for this, Dr. Heimlich.  Really, moms and dads have you ever preformed this manuever.  It’s extremely difficult and stressful.

Salt & pepper are married and always passed together.  If you order a hamburger or chicken sandwich that requires ketchup or mustard, place the condiment on the side of the plate and use your knife to spread on the item.  Always start meals when the hostess is seated.  Your children may not be excused while food is in front of them, but they may put their elbows on the table when food is not in front of them.  Be careful though, this means elbows only, not the head, leg, shoulder or elbows and hands holding up a head.  Being a mom of two boys takes patience.  It will always interfere with your meal and it should.  Take my word for it.  I have two that are 9 and 11 years old.  I can honestly say now,  that I really enjoy dinners with my boys. They act like young men not like wild animals at the table.

If you know that your children are sick, tired, or stressed,  putting pressure on them isn’t fair so keep them home.  All children are different, but the more a child is exposed to the real life of people, the more flexible and adaptable they will be as adults. Have your child place the napkin on the lap, chew with the mouth closed, sit up straight, have 3 to 5 topics to talk about and have your child(age appropriate)

OK, There is always time for fun at the table.

look at the menu and order his or her own meal.  Moms, Dads and children always speak clearly to the wait staff, be polite and say thank you.

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One Response

  1. Darlene says:

    thank you for the tips my 5 year old was listening attentively.

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