Written by Team ParentCircle and published on 11 January 2022.
As parents, it is recommended to inculcate dining etiquette in young children to ensure their development and also to make mealtimes fun. Read on to know more
Sitting together and sharing a meal is one of the most significant ways for a family to bond. However, the responsibilities of everyday life can get in the way of you enjoying a leisurely meal with your loved ones. To ensure that you cherish mealtimes together, whether you're dining at home, visiting someone, or heading out for a fun family dinner, inculcate the right manners in your children.
These are truly magical words that have a huge role to play when it comes to dining as well. Teach your children to use them liberally when asking to be served or when someone offers them a dish.
When hunger pangs cloud their judgment, young children tend to lose the sense of consideration that goes with eating together. Therefore, it is important to teach your children to be patient, wait till everyone has been served, pass dishes around and then start eating. Since dining is not a solo activity, children must be mindful of their dining companions.
Being conscious of wastage is an important life lesson, and this applies to dining etiquette as well. It is imperative to teach your children to be thankful for the food they eat and therefore finish what they have on their plate. It's better to serve them multiple times than pile on huge portions of food that they just cannot eat.
Switch off those gadgets
We live in a constantly connected world, and technology is changing the way we live. But does it have to change our mealtimes too? Ask your children to put away their phones, tablets, and laptops, (make sure you do too!) and switch off the TV. It is important for them to engage with you rather than with their gadgets. Make them understand that constant distraction defeats the very purpose of dining together.
Conversations are what make family meals great, but not when it means talking with the mouth full. It's unappealing, hard to understand, and considered impolite. Chew and then chat is the standard rule that your children need to follow.
Everyone loves a compliment; so, teach your children to appreciate the food served. This is always reflective of good manners. Tell your children that if what is served is not to their taste, they should take less instead of criticizing or complaining.
If these manners become second nature to your children, it will reflect on all aspects of their personality when they grow up. From work to personal interactions, good manners will make them the perfect companions for a pleasant meal.
So, get your children to practice these five golden rules at every opportunity that comes up. After all, manners are served!
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