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Tips on how to Teach your Child Table Manners

Tips on how to Teach your Child Table Manners

Learning table manners may take some time so don't get discouraged. Sometimes children act like pigs at home, but behave perfectly when they are guests in other people's homes. So they are hearing you at some level.
  • Don't nag your children about it. This is bound to have the opposite effect. They will take a perverse pleasure in annoying you by slurping their milk noisily or coming to the table with unwashed hands.
  • What you can do is praise them for displaying good manners like passing a dish to a guest or saying "please" and "thank you."
  • Don't make mealtimes into a battleground and constantly pick on your children about all the things that they are doing wrong. This is a surefire way of killing the appetite, both yours and theirs. In addition, it's not going to make them any more interested in becoming part of polite society.
  • Set an example yourself. Don't read the morning paper while eating your breakfast if you don't want your child to come to every meal with his favourite comic book.
  • Don't get into the habit of telling your child that he is a "pig" or a "slob" every time he doesn't do things the 'propah' way. If you're going to label him like that, he's not going to see any point in trying to improve because he will think it 's in his nature to be a "pig."
  • Give your child a break and tell him that he can make a pig of himself when he is alone because he then he won't be offending anyone. So he doesn't have to dab at his face with a napkin if he's alone and has ketchup all over his face.
  • When entertaining at home, involve your children in serving the starters or setting the table so that they can see for themselves the workings of polite society. You can also try taking them to a 'real' restaurant once in a while because table manners are hardly an issue at your local McDonald's. Make it an occasion so that they would like to live up to it.
  • Do not encourage burping competitions that your child may start with his friends at the table. Make it clear that you find it rude and offensive and definitely not funny.
It may take some time so don't get discouraged. Sometimes children act like pigs at home, but behave perfectly when they are guests in other people's homes. So they are hearing you at some level.


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Rajoo
Rajoo.11 years ago
very nice article for parents and yes you must give similar articles which would be helpful for parents.
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ShantiRekha
ShantiRekha.11 years ago
the site is very good
 
 
 
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Anu
Anu.11 years ago
this article is very useful. i have a three year old daughter who does not like food. she does not like fruits also. i am working woman. pl. let me know what should i do ?
 
 
 
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hannou
hannou.11 years ago
i have problems
 
 
 
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Paris
Paris.11 years ago
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Alize Jenkins
Alize Jenkins.11 years ago
my child used to hate to do what i told her at the table she would spit out her food play with it in her hands but thanks to those wonderful tips my child now has self-control when she eats.
 
 
 
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frog
frog.11 years ago
where's the article?
 
 
 
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Jess
Jess.11 years ago
i have a 3yr. old and he hardly ever eats any thing. he wants to snack all the time, but on the wronge things. so we end up with a tantrum because i won't give him junk! someone please help!
 
 
 
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nalini chugani
nalini chugani.11 years ago
the article is useful.my granddaughter(14 months), eats by herself till she is satisfied.she spits out food only when we insist that she eats more.we should offer a variety of healthy foods & respect their decision to select the items & quantity.research conducted on babies & children points out that if offered healthy choices, children eat the foods their body needs.
 
 
 
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How do you object to a food in France?
please help me.i need this for school.
 
 
 
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