Manners are how you act and behave. They are especially important at the dinner table. Here are some important manners to be aware of as your children begin to get older and you dine out more often.

  1. PLEASE – Say please and thank you
  2. FORK – Eat with a fork and spoon
  3. SIT UP/ELBOWS – Sit up and do not put your elbows on the table; wrists or forearms can rest on the table, or hands on lap.
  4. DON’T STUFF – Don’t stuff your mouth full of food, it looks gross, and you could choke.
  5. CHEW/TALK – Chew with your mouth closed and no talking with your mouth full.
  6. YUCK – Don’t make any rude comments about any food being served. It will hurt someone’s feelings.
  7. THANK YOU – Always say thank you when served something. It shows appreciation.
  8. WAIT – Wait until everyone is served before eating. It shows consideration.
  9. EAT SLOW – Eat slowly and don’t gobble up the food.
  10. PASS – Don’t reach over someone’s plate for something. ask nicely for the item to be passed to you. Shows consideration.
  11. NAPKIN – Always use a napkin to dab your mouth, which should be on your lap when not in use.
  12. EXCUSED – If you need to get up from the table, ask politely to be excused.
  13. ENDING – Always thank the person who prepared the meal and tell them how much you enjoyed it. That shows your appreciation.

It’s a lot to ask children to behave properly at the table all the time. Here are some tips and trick for helping to make mealtime more enjoyable for everyone: