Teaching Table Manners
My child is a barbarian
When your two-year-old spits carrot at you or gets more food on her face than in her mouth, you tend to forgive and forget. But if the story hasn't changed by the time she is ten, you're not indulgent any more. You're worried. When will she be fit to be part of society, as we know it?
Table manners definitely don't come
to children naturally. They either gobble their food or push it around
or off their plates. They don't eat with their fingers, they eat with their
hands - often both. They put their elbows on the table, chew noisily with
their mouths wide open displaying the contents of their mouths for the
entire world to see. They speak with their mouths full, often spraying
the person next to them with little bits of food when trying to make a
point. Some children are anti-social at mealtimes, burying themselves behind
a book or silently staring at the television, ignoring all attempts at
conversation. Some go to the other extreme, choosing mealtimes as a battleground
for wars with their siblings so that nobody else can get a word in edgeways.
Boys especially think a good loud burp at the end of a meal signals their
satisfaction and are surprised when you take offence. Parents often despair
attempting to convert these barbarians into well-mannered members of society.
What you should be teaching your child
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