If you think that table manners don’t matter in today’s life, think again. One soup slurp or picking at your teeth is enough to put some people off completely. Here’s a list of the necessary table manners you really need to teach your kids.
Table manners: the basics
1. Arrive with a clean face and hands.
Teach your kids to wash up before dinner. This shows respect for the person that prepared the meal plus it’s also an important hygiene habit.
2. Ask to help
Regardless of whether you’re dining at your house or at a friend’s, it’s important to always ask if there’s something you can help with to get ready for dinner.
3. Don’t just dig in
It’s good table manners to wait until everyone is served before you start eating. Teach your kids to wait until everyone is seated and served before they start eating.
4. Don’t chew with an open mouth
Chewing with a closed mouth and talking with food in your mouth are two solid table manner rules that’ll never go out of style.
5. Don’t stuff your face
Teach your kids to take small bites and never wolf their food down. This helps them savour their food and also keeps things mess-free.
6. Don’t interrupt when someone is talking
At the dinner table, everyone has to wait their turn to speak when it comes to elaborating about their day or another subject. Kids should get into the habit of talking about news, their friends, and how school was, but it should be done in the right fashion.
7. When you’re done, pick up your plate and give thanks
This is an important habit to get your kids into at home because if it becomes a part of his or her routine, they’ll be more likely to do it when they’re at a guest’s home. If you’re at a restaurant, teach your kids to make eye contact with the waiter and say “thank you.” If your kids are old enough to do so, have them order for themselves and say thank you once they have placed their order.