Your little baby throwing food on the floor, clattering the spoons, spitting the remains from his mouth, smiling with food-smeared face and having stains on his clothes - all these might have seemed cuter to you than unruly. But now that he is not a baby, it is not so cute any more. Therefore, it is time to teach him some table manners and etiquettes.
An article in Verywell reads, “Whether you’re eating at home, dining out, or having dinner with friends, good table manners for kids are an important part of every meal. When you teach your child good table manners, you are giving them important tools for social interaction that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Plus, laying the groundwork for good etiquette at the dinner table means your children will more likely become pleasant dinner companions for family meals in the years to come.”
Working on your child’s table manners and eating etiquettes might take a while. He is not going to become tidy and obedient overnight, and you need to be not just patient, but also rewarding towards him. To inculcate the habit in him, here are a few pointers you can start with, according to an article published in Huffington Post:
- Place napkin on the lap
- Wait until everyone is seated
- Don’t talk with food in your mouth
- Chew silently with mouth closed
These good table manners, like good manners in general, will add to your child’s good behavioural credentials and will be appreciated by those around you. Take a look at this ClipBook for more such tips and guiders.
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