All parents, even first-timers, know that kids and table manners do not go hand in hand. Your tiny tot will probably spend more time running around the house than sitting down in one place and eating or if you have a school-agerhe is probably more into video games than having meals in the proper way. Now, we do not have any foolproof formula to teach your kids table manner overnight but we reckon that the following parenting tips (based on different stages of childhood) will surely help you to guide them on the right track.
A toddler needs to be reminded time and again that he needs to behave. So the onus lies on the parents to set up meal times for the little ones. This literally means demonstrating to the kids what is expected of them and the possible consequences if they do not follow the rules. Flinging food is a common practice among the toddlers. To circumvent this problem you can small portions to the child and when he finishes that portion then you can give him another one. This will ensure that even if he flings that food you will need to pick up only a small piece rather than a whole plate.
The preschoolers are known to be picky eaters and they are also very slow eaters. You can sit with themat the dinner table and tell him/her what you expect of him and what is considered to be good behavior. Whenever they come to the table remind them of the rules and they will learn pretty quickly.
Children of this age group usually suffer from poor conversation skills. The parents should explain what suitable talk is and how to speak during mealtime. They should also understand that glum faces and one-word answers are a strict no-no at the dinner table. The children in this age group should be well acquainted with the art of conversation at the dinner table.
Kids at this age should be well conversant with table manners. These kids have a habit of eating as fast as possible and even bring their portable music players to the tables! You should instil good manners in them and teach them that they place their napkins on the laps and encourage them to use the cutlery in a proper manner. They should also learn not to have the food before everyone has been served.
Teaching table manners to kids is not at all difficult but one should have loads of patience as they will take time to absorb in all the instructions.