Learning manners at a young age offers kids the chance to understand what is acceptable from the very beginning. Manners are very important in a child’s life and it is a smart decision to teach kids about the basics at an early age. Kids should have knowledge of basic table manners for mealtimes by the age of 5 years old so they can learn what is appropriate and what isn’t appropriate when joining other people at the table.
Be Polite, Wait
It is important to teach kids to wait for others to sit down at the table and before beginning to eat. It is very polite for people to wait for everyone to be seated and comfortable before starting their meal. It shows a sense of respect to other people sitting at the table.
No “Weird” Noises
Kids need to know that noises such as burping are not an acceptable action to do at the dinner table or any table for that matter. Teach them to excuse themselves if they ever feel the need to make any personal “noise” at the table.
All Limbs in Place
Kids should sit properly when eating dinner and this includes placing feet directly on the ground. Sitting cross-legged or placing one foot on the chair is never acceptable table manners.
This is a favorite among siblings. “See-food” is when a child wants to show their chewed up food to their brother, sister or friend and make a joke of it. Remind your kids how important it is to keep their mouths closed while chewing and that showing a chewed up mouthful is disgusting for others to see.
Being present at the table includes no texting, video games, phone calls, or any other device usage. (This goes for Mom and Dad too!) Teach kids to leave all of their devices and toys in their rooms and to keep them off the table. Provide them with the understanding that mealtime is for being with family and for communication.
What basic manners do you teach your child? Let us know!