On the holidays families get together and almost always have a big family dinner, and some families like to get together at least once a month to have a large family dinner just to catch up.
When it’s time to sit down and enjoy a meal together, you don’t want your children banging on the table, screaming, smacking their food and driving everyone crazy right? Of course not. And that’s why it’s important to teach your children proper table manners so everyone can enjoy their dinner in peace and nobody will whisper things such as “She really needs to get control over her children.”
First, you need to teach your children good table manners for when your sitting eating dinner at home. And never encourage bad behavior, it may be funny sometimes but if you really want them to have good table manners than you can’t laugh and tell them how funny it was or you’ll end up seeing them do it at a large family dinner.
Show them you have good manners.
When you are at the table it’s important that you set a good example for your children. If you are burping, have your elbows on the table, chewing with your mouth open than they will see that it’s no big deal if they do it so set a good example and show them that you don’t just nag at them to have manners, you have them too.
When they use bad manners:
Don’t yell at them at the dinner table in front of everyone, this will embarrass them and make them act out more. Take them away from the table, talk to them and tell them to stop doing the bad things they are doing or there will be certain consequences to their actions. Tell them if they use proper manners they will get dessert, and if they don’t than there is no dessert for them.
You have to teach your child good manners because they won’t come naturally. Your children won’t know what real and proper manners are unless you teach them and show them. Before a big family dinner, sit down with them at the dinner table and show them all the manners they should have, such as not putting their elbows on the table, not tapping their hands and feet, no chewing with their mouth open, etc. And than every night at the dinner table, remind them so they can remember.
Try having a dinner at home that will be similar to the family dinner, formal and good, classy foods. This is a good way to get them to practice using the manners you have taught them.
Don’t just teach them manners for one dinner and don’t mention them again until it’s time for another big dinner. You should always remind your children to use manners when their at the dinner table so they can remember them and use them throughout the rest of their lives.
Teaching children manners is very important and is something you should do even if you don’t have big dinners often. You want your children to know manners so they can always be respectful in other people’s homes and have manners when they are out with important people such as business clients.
What are some manners to teach your children?
Well there are many manners that you can teach your children to use, but the most important ones are:
-Sitting up straight.
-Elbows off the table.
-How to chew their food properly.
-No tapping their hands and feet.
-No yelling or screaming.
-No saying inappropriate words or jokes.
-No farting or burping.
-Saying please and thank you.
-Asking if you can be excused when you need to go to the bathroom.
If you feel that you need to teach your child more manners than this, than that’s up to you. Just be sure your children understand why you are teaching them manners and why they need to know to do these things.