Beware the Table Monsters
Children spend a lot of time eating in casual environment such as the car, in front of the TV or at fast-food restaurants. This means we tend to expect, and exhibit, fewer manners. However, regardless of where you are, what you’re eating, how rushed you might be or who you are eating with Manners are still expected.
Table Setting Practice
This lesson is all about learning how to use utensils and includes learning about setting the table. Young children seem to enjoy helping and they also benefit from the camaraderie and conversation that goes along with dining with family at the table. Learning how to set the table is an important part of the homestyle and entertaining rituals.
Tools of the Trade
When children are young eating and showing interest in food, even if that means using their hands, is good enough. And sometimes a young child’s level of dexterity makes holding utensils difficult anyway. By age four however, teaching children to use or practice using forks is important and the beginning of learning how to use cutlery, introducing other utensils at the right time.
Helping at Mealtimes
Letting children help in the kitchen at mealtime (or even at the restaurant by ordering on their own or getting their own food from a buffet) helps them feel a sense of accomplishment and more confident in the kitchen. Start with small tasks such as setting the table, or getting vegetables from the fridge and washing them, and then progress to more complicated tasks like stirring the soup or grating the cheese. Helping is polite manners and brings a sense of inclusion.
Basic Table Manners
One of the most important lessons in learning basic table manners is learning to present yourself positively and feeling confident and comfortable in social settings. When it comes to dining etiquette, the primary objective is to show respect for others in social and dining situations. A child is never too young to begin to learn the basics and the dining table will be a very important part of their life. No matter what the occasion, knowing how to navigate your way through a meal will be a tremendous benefit.
The Top 10 Dining Mistakes
Good manners are not about being perfect. We’re all allowed to make mistakes, and regardless of age, we often do. Sometimes though we are in the habit of making mistakes and the only way we can correct them is by having them brought to our attention. This session covers the top 10 dining mistakes children typically make.