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Table Manners for the Four to Seven-Year-Old

The Golden Rule Of Parenting:

Always behave the way you want your children to behave.

EM_tablemannersfor_WOWhat you can expect…
  • Sit at the table with family
  • Help set and clear the table (with assistance)
  • Participate in table conversation
  • Use table utensils
  • Serve and pass dishes
  • Chew with the mouth closed
The relevant manners…
  • Asks to be excused
  • Is quiet during grace
  • Participates in conversation during the meal
  • Uses utensils and napkin
  • Stays at the table until done
  • Sits up (doesn’t drape over the table)
  • Chews with mouth closed
  • Doesn’t talk with mouth full
What a parent can do…
  • MODEL, MODEL, MODEL
  • REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT
  • Be patient
  • Have meals together as a family (good for family and a great opportunity for kids to learn and practice table manners)
  • Encourage good posture at the table
  • Pick 3 most important table rules or guidelines and focus on those
  • Practice at home for meals away from home
  • MODEL, MODEL, MODEL
  • REPEAT, REPEAT, REPEAT
 

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