Does your child have good manners? Table manners Teach your child to close his mouth when chewing his food, and teach this to him at the outset because once your child gets into the habit of chewing food with his mouth open, it may be a hard habit to break. When a person chews food with his mouth open, it speaks volumes about his upbringing - or, more specifically, his lack thereof. Teach your ch
Teach your child to close his mouth when chewing his food, and teach this to him at the outset because once your child gets into the habit of chewing food with his mouth open, it may be a hard habit to break. When a person chews food with his mouth open, it speaks volumes about his upbringing - or, more specifically, his lack thereof.
Teach your child to eat his food with a knife and a fork. Surprising though it may be, there are still grown-ups who are fairly inept at using a knife and fork. The reason for this is perfectly understandable. Indian food
often doesn't require the use of any cutlery, and one can get by even
without using a spoon. But, your child will not be eating only Indian food for the rest of his life. Chances are that he may very well be invited to a restaurant serving international cuisine, where he may be required to use a knife and a fork, and any unease will
show through. To avoid him facing such a situation, serve food that he can eat with a knife and a fork, so he gets a little practice.
Before taking the last bit or last piece of something that has been
served, always ask if someone else would like it. No one would really
take the last bit from you, but it is considered polite to ask. At the
most, someone may like a small bite from your portion.
Put your cell phone on silent when you enter a movie. If you
like, let the vibrator stay on, so if your cell phone rings, you can
see who is calling. Accordingly, you can quickly let the person know
you will call back, or you can leave the hall and take the call.
Letting your cell phone ring in a cinema hall during a movie, is rude.
Similarly, don't speak loudly at a restaurant on your cell
phone. People on the other tables are not interested in hearing your
Manners while travelling
When your children are travelling by public transport, teach
them to give up their seat to elders, disabled people, pregnant women
or women holding babies in their arms. Also, although men don't
necessarily have to give up their seat to young women, doing so is
simply a charming, gentlemanly thing to do and evokes positive feelings
- which is always welcome in today's rushed world.
Dealing with service staff
People often tend to be rude and short with those serving
them, with no apparent reason. Just because someone is being paid a
salary to provide a service to you, does not mean they are your
personal slaves. The next time you go to a restaurant, set an example
to your children by being courteous to the waiter. If your children are
a little short, correct them as soon as the person serving them has
left. Shouting and yelling at someone serving you makes everyone
uncomfortable. True, there are certain instances where you are justified, but try and put your point across courteously and politely, without personally insulting anyone.
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- The Indiaparenting Team