A List of 10: Kids and Table Manners

Hungry Boy at the Table

Growing up, table manners were a big deal in our house. I can distinctly remember my dad fussing at my sister and I, “No elbows on the table!” and “No singing at the table!”

Fast forward 25 years, now I’m a mom. And the kid’s table manners leave a bit to be desired. I’m sure that’s no surprise. He is, after all, a 6-year-old little boy. But, I’m still constantly working to get him to follow the basic table manners; every kid should know and follow:

  1. Be sure to wash your hands and face before coming to the table.
  2. Place your napkin on your lap, before you start eating.
  3. Wait for everyone to be seated, before you start eating.
  4. Stay in your seat and sit up straight
  5. Keep your elbows off the table while eating.
  6. Keep the rude noises (burping, slurping, etc.) to a minimum.
  7. Chew with your mouth closed (yuck).
  8. Don’t speak, until your mouth is cleared of food.
  9. Ask to be excused before getting up.
  10. Help clear the table.

Have I missed anything? How do you teach your kids table manners? Leave your answer in the comments section below.


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    an excellent way to teach basic manners. May I use them in a book I am wwritung entitled” Raising black Kids to be 0K?”

    Robert L. williams

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