Child Manners – Sitting at the Table

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Child Expert Peggy Turnblacer discusses how to teach children sitting at the table.

    Peggy Turnblacer: Hi, I'm Peggy Turnblacer with the Tadpole Dreams Good Manners Program and we are teaching your children all about good manners. Today, we're going to show you how we teach the children, good manners at the table. So, take a look at how we do this because this is something you can easily do at home.

    I want to talk to you now about some of the first things you do when you sit down at a table. One of the first things you do is you make sure you're sitting up straight and tall. Then, second thing we want to make sure we do is put our napkin in our lap and we don't want you to flap it around, we don't want you to wear it under your chin unless you are three years old or under.

    Sometimes if you're having lobster, you'll be provided with a lobster bed, but you should still keep your napkin in your lap. One of the rules is when you are ready to serve yourself something, you should always offer to the person sitting next to you before you serve yourself. So Duffy, if that was a big bowl of mashed potatoes and you are just ready to dive into those mashed potatoes and you were thinking, "Boy! I'm going to have some mashed potatoes.

    " What really should you do?

    Duffy: Would you like mashed potatoes?

    Speaker: Yes please.

    Peggy Turnblacer: That's right, that's very polite. Right now, I want to talk to you about eating soup. How many of you like soup?

    Speaker: Me.

    Peggy Turnblacer: I love soup, It's my favorite thing. But again, like all table manners, it is sometimes a little challenging to eat. We all -- sometimes when we eat our soup, there's a noise we want to make. Does anybody know what the noise is? What you want to do when you're eating your soup, is take your soup spoon, spoon it away from you and put it in your mouth without the sound.

    Coming up with our next segment, we're going to show the children how they can handle awkward situations at the table and how to eat some of the funny foods we eat.