Sunday, May 19, 2013
Table Talk: Manners Matter
Eating a nice meal with a child can seem downright unappetizing at times if the child's manners leave a lot to be desired. Teach your kids manners without starting a food fight. The best time to start teaching table manners is as early as they can hold a spoon. Start in the high chair by making hand washing with a wet cloth part of your pre-meal ritual. This way, kids will get the idea that we always wash up before sitting down to a meal. It helps to concentrate on one or two things at a time when it comes to manners and move on once they master them. Try not to harp on every little manners mistake they make. Most kids can use a spoon at age 2 and a fork at age 3. It helps to instruct kids this age about acceptable finger foods (pizza, corn on the cob, etc.) and those that require silverware.