Consistency is key in teaching children table manners. When there is little or no difference between “company manners” and everyday manners, there will be fewer of those embarrassing incidents when dining out or when guests are present.
Starting with the basics when they are toddlers and gradually adding refinements as they get older makes learning—and teaching—practically painless! Children will learn a lot just from your example. A little positive reinforcement and a few gentle reminders will make the process enjoyable and effective.
Having good table manners will help your child be accepted, and feel comfortable, in the wider world. And, in the meantime, it will make meal times more enjoyable for the whole family.
Here are ten basic manners to consider and perhaps modify to suit your own family. And remember, it isn’t likely you’ll see them all on display at one meal!