Top Ten Table Manners
Keep these basic behaviors in mind as you eat:
1. Chew with your mouth closed
.2. Avoid slurping, smacking, blowing your nose, or other gross noises. (If necessary, excuse yourself to take care of whatever it is you need to take care of.)
3. Don’t use your utensils like a shovel or as if you’ve just stabbed the food you’re about to eat.
4. Don’t pick your teeth at the table.
5. Remember to use your napkin at all times.
6. Wait until you’re done chewing to sip or swallow a drink. (The exception is if you’re choking.)
7. Cut only one piece of food at a time.
8. Avoid slouching and don’t place your elbows on the table while eating (though it is okay to prop your elbows on the table while conversing between courses.)
9. Instead of reaching across the table for something, ask for it to be passed to you.
10. Always say ‘excuse me’ whenever you leave the table.
14 Table Manners Every Child Should Know
The following is a list of table manners that your child should have a good grasp of by age six:
* Wash their hands and face before sitting down to the table.
* Sit down in their proper seat and put their napkin in their lap.
* Wait to begin eating until everyone is seated and has been served. Many families wait until an adult gives permission to start eating.
* Stay seated in their seats without wiggling in their chairs, going under the table, or getting up and down.
* Say, "Excuse Me," and ask permission to leave the table.
* Elbows do not belong on the table.
* Mouths should stay closed while chewing and pieces should be bite sized.
* "May I please" and "Thank you" should be used when children would like food. They should never reach across the table.
* Participate in the conversation during dinner and no interruptions when other people are talking.
* Slurping, burping, squealing, singing, humming are all sounds that are not to be made at the table.
* It is never kind or polite to make negative comments about what is being served for dinner.
* Before getting up at the end of the meal say, "May I please be excused?"
* Ask if adults would like them to clear their dinner plate.
* Thank the cook.Preparing children for adulthood starts the moment
the baby is placed in the arms of the mother.
Teaching children to use good table manners is a wonderful gift that will serve them well throughout their entire lives. Parents will be proud that
their children are using the good manners that they have taught them, and more importantly children will be polished and refined and capable
of being comfortable in any situation.