I wasn’t terribly surprised by the incredible response that I got to a recent post, How Rude…Ten Basic Courtesies for Children. It seems that we’re all just a little fed up with living in a society that puts little importance on common courtesies.
I truly believe that manners must be instilled when children are young and if they aren’t practiced at home, they’re less likely to be used when away from home. I cringe at the thought of my children being anything less than courteous and pleasant to others.
How Rude…Ten Basic Courtesies for Children was by definition, quite basic. I could have gone on for pages, my list is that long. But, I thought I’d break my rants up into bite-sized pieces so that I don’t look like such a rigid crazy person.
Becca, from bare feet on the dashboard asked that I offer up a list of basic table manners next. Thanks for the suggestion, Becca. Here you go:
Basic Table Manners
(This is a rather long list for little guys; try choosing a few age appropriate manners from the list and once you’ve mastered them, add accordingly.)
- Use your utensils.
- Sit up nice and tall. Don’t hunch and keep your elbows off the table. (Sitting up helps with digestion.)
- Don’t put too much food in your mouth at one time.
- Chew with your mouth closed.
- Never talk with your mouth full.
- Never burp at the table. Enough said.
- Eat slowly, chewing your food fully. Wait a few seconds between bites.
- Don’t begin eating until everyone has been served.
- Don’t pick your teeth at the table. Ever.
- Don’t lick your fingers clean, always use your napkin.
- Keep your napkin on your lap. (Your napkin should be used only to wipe your face and hands—never to wipe or blow your nose.)
- Do not stretch across another person to reach for something. Politely ask for it to be passed to you.
- Always say thank you for your dinner. No matter how simple the meal, remember that it was made for you with love.
- If you are served something that you don’t like, keep that opinion to yourself. Do not hurt the host’s feelings.
- Ask at least one other person a question about their day and really listen to their answer.
Next week, I’ll be offering up a list of restaurant manners, for your sake and mine!