We constantly teach our children the basic manners of saying thank you, sorry, please etc but what about table manners. Isn’t it equally important? Good habits are the most important thing that parents can teach their children. The habits that we learn during our childhood have significant impact on our lives always. Table manners should be taught to a child when they are close to 3 years.
If you are one of those parents who want your little one to eat neatly, here are some useful tips for you.
- Before starting your meal, make sure you always wash your hands.
- Children love throwing food and messing around, so do not overload the plate. Better provide them with one food at a time than giving them an entire plate.
- Kids look for attention. If throwing food gets them attention, they will continue doing it. So give attention only to good manners.
- Try to make it a family routine to eat meals at the dining table.
- If your child is a grown up kid, sit with them and tell them what is expected of them. When they use proper manners, praise them and thank them. When they misbehave, educate them.
- Be a good role model in front of your kids. As a parent, it is our job to teach the kids how to talk properly and behave well.
- Parents should not allow gadgets at the table. Break this habit and do not allow it on the table.
- Teach your kids to pick up their plates and place it in the kitchen sink once they have finished their food. Once leaving the table, they should push the chairs back in front and not just leave the chair in the way.
- Teach the kids on how to assist you at the table when serving and once everyone gets up.
- Place the napkin on your laps, whether at home or in a restaurant outside, your child should always use a napkin so as to avoid staining his clothes.
- You should always chew with your mouth closed. Discourage talking with your mouth full.
- Proper way of holding a spoon or a fork should be taught to the kids from the beginning.
- Teach your child not to make noise with the cutlery, while eating.
If you are worried that your kids are picking up bad habits from other kids, don’t underestimate your influence. Read it somewhere “Peers have influence, but parents have power”. So true, isn’t it?