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:
- Be sure to wash your hands and face before coming to the table.
- Place your napkin on your lap, before you start eating.
- Wait for everyone to be seated, before you start eating.
- Stay in your seat and sit up straight
- Keep your elbows off the table while eating.
- Keep the rude noises (burping, slurping, etc.) to a minimum.
- Chew with your mouth closed (yuck).
- Don’t speak, until your mouth is cleared of food.
- Ask to be excused before getting up.
- Help clear the table.
Have I missed anything? How do you teach your kids table manners? Leave your answer in the comments section below.