As I kick off our first Mannerly Monday, I thought I would begin with what my husband and I are currently working on with our girls – mealtime manners. Obviously, the list of table manners could be quite long, so I chose three rules to concentrate on for now.
– Stay in your seat at the table. Not much makes me crazier during mealtime than someone (or two!) hopping up from the table every couple of minutes.
– Sit properly in your chair. No legs folded underneath you, knees up to your chin, etc.
– Hold your fork/spoon correctly. No shoveling action here!
As the weeks go by, we will add a few additional items to work on, such as keeping elbows off the table and showing them how to serve themselves. (Yes, I still fix everyone’s plate and dish out second helpings.) Taken in the context of our initial quote, this will hopefully start the process toward my daughters feeling confident in different situations, and, more importantly, will show consideration for those around them.
Do you have any fun ideas for helping children remember their table manners? I know not all families have sit-down meals every night, but in the comments section I’d like to hear what you may have done in positively reinforcing table manners in your home.
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