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Repetition for Children

When learning good table manners for children, I believe in repetition.  We as parents need to reinforce good table manners which are not learned the first time taught.  Continue to explain why a fork, spoon and knife is used in the correct manner to your children.  Why good posture is important?  What is good table conversation?

It is extremely difficult, but the reward is worth it.


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How do you eat Lobster?

If you or your children are going out with an important person, I would suggest to order something less messy.  The restaurant also may offer a lazyman’s lobster which means, “shell off.”  Order this dish using a knife and fork to eat it.

When you are with friends and family, order anything you would like.  Sometimes you just don’t want to worry about being messy.  It’s called being off and taking it easy.

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What to do?

When food is in your mouth, when food gets stuck in your teeth or when there is a terrible piece of meat that is full of fat…What do we do?

Do not pick the food out at the table, excuse yourself and go to the restroom.

When food taste bad or is full of fat it is a bite more complicated.  Take your fork and put it in your mouth then remove the piece of food.  Place it on the plate.  Find something to cover it up since no one wants to look at a half chewed up piece of meat on the plate during dinner.

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•  Always try to keep a conversation pleasant.

•  Stop discussing some one topic at nauseam.

•  Do not discuss topics that make people uncomfortable.

•  Do not discuss your health or someone else’s health.

•  Never discuss how much you hate the food that is served to you or other foods you dislike.

•  Do not discuss your diet or your child’s diet while at the table


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College Interview for the Student

When going for a college interview, make sure that you are dressed in a suit with nylons matching the suit or lighter.  Your shoes should be matching the color of your suit or darker.  Do not ever wear white shoes.  In fact, if you own a pair of white shoes, throw them out right now and replace them with a nude color.  Gentlemen, put on a belt that matches your shoes color.  Dress socks are a must. Hygiene is critical.  You can only make a first impression once and that occurs within the first seven seconds.  If you are sporting a tattoo or piercing, cover it up or take it out.

If your interview is at a restaurant, or you have been invited out for lunch NEVER:

•  order a hamburger

•  no pasta

•  no french fries

•  no ketchup or mustard

•  no ribs

•  nothing that the fingers are involved.

This lunch is about your choices and selections.  It is not about a yummy free lunch.  Order something on the menu that requires a fork and a knife.  Remember to always match each course with the other people at the table.

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When do I start eating?

When the hostess sits down, takes her napkin and places it on her lap.  That’s when you eat.  Do not touch anything on the table until then, including your napkin.

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Table Setting 102

This table setting is incorrect?  Why?  Whenever you set a table, a fork is married to a knife.  The salad fork always has a knife.  On the right side, a knife is missing.  Plus, where has the napkin gone?  Why is the soup bowl there?  This setting needs improvement.

This setting is almost correct.  The utensils are married, but the napkin?  The napkin should be on the left of the last fork or on the middle of the plate.

Finally, Emily Post gets it right.

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When it Drops

What do you do when your utensils or napkin drops on the floor?

Simply kick it under the table and ask for a new one.  Never pick it up.

It’s dirty on the floor.

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It’s the only food you may pick up with your fingers while dining.

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Wait to Eat

Wait for Everyone

When you are dining with others, wait to eat even though the other person has asked you to “not” wait.  Under NO circumstances do you eat.  Let your food get cold. Do not leave that person behind at the table.

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