1. Hands And Face Clean
Teach your children always to wash up before dinner. Not only does this show respect for the person who prepared the meal as well as others at the dinner table, but it is also an important healthy hygiene habit.
2. Don’t Talk
Don’t talk with your mouth full. This must be taught. If your bite of food is too big for your mouth to close, the bite was just too big. No one wants to see the food in your mouth while you are eating.
3. Say Please and Thank You Without Prodding
Teach your child these words when he was 2 or 3, but maybe he uses them inconsistently or only with re-minders from you. If your kid tells you “Oh, yeah” when you ask if he’d like a drink or he snatches a roll out of your hand without thanking you, help him understand why it’s important to be gracious. “Please” changes a demand into a request and sounds nicer while “thank you” shows someone that you care about (or appreciate, if your child understands the word) what he’s done.
To get these words to become automatic for your child, emphasize and enforce them at every meal. Start the day with “Please come to the table for breakfast.” When your child says he wants milk, don’t pour it until he says “please” and wait until he says “thank you” to hand him the glass.
4. Watch The Host
Watch the host to see when you should unfold your napkin. If she puts her napkin on her lap, that’s the signal for you to put your napkin on yours.
5. Wait Till Everyone’s Served
Wait until everyone is served before eating. Tell your child never to begin eating until everyone is seated and served.
6. Eat With Closed Mouth
Never, ever chew with your mouth open. Chewing with your mouth closed and not talking when your mouth is full are two cardinal rules of good table manners.
7. Help The Host
Always help after eating in cleaning the table.