Table Manners 101
Emily Post would be proud. Teach your child basic table manners.
What You Need to Know
Want mealtime to be more pleasant for everyone? Then teach kids to mind their manners. Here are some etiquette basics.
- Teach kids to set the table correctly, with utensils, napkins, and glasses in the proper place.
- Use a butter knife, take small portions, and use serving spoons.
- Eat slowly, chewing with the mouth closed, and not speaking with food in the mouth.
- Learn to hold and use utensils correctly.
How You Can Help
- Here’s the order for a place setting, from left to right: salad fork, dinner fork (both on top of the napkin), plate, knife (blade turned toward the plate), and spoon. The glass goes above the plate on the right.
- Politeness counts. Teach kids to say, “please” when asking for food to be passed; say, “thank you” when they get the dish; and say, “excuse me” when leaving the table. Remind them not to interrupt someone else who’s speaking.
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