Dining Etiquette for Children

Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of being in a restaurant, about to eat an exquisite meal, when the children from the table next to ours decide to become loud and unruly. Unfortunately, the same low level of dining etiquette can be seen in adults too (if you need a reminder yourself, take a look at this helpful overview of language, culture, customs and etiquette in the U.K. from Kwintessential). There is nothing worse than having to sit opposite someone when eating a meal who shouts across the table at you, sends their food flying off their plate because they cannot cut a piece of meat properly or continuously slurps their soup for 15 minutes. Where are their manners? Helping your child to understand the importance of great dining etiquette is paramount to good manners. Not only will it make the experience of eating together more enjoyable, but it will also continue to develop your child’s confidence and sense of self-worth. When given the opportunity to learn dining etiquette children will be able to confidently handle social situations appropriately and with ease as they grow older and that’s exactly what we want to help our children achieve, isn’t it? Preparing our children now for a successful future is a top priority! Our children are a reflection of ourselves Children need to learn from an early age how to hold a knife and fork correctly, not to shout out across the table to someone occupying a distant chair or grab the food on their plate with their fingers. In addition to making the children look poorly behaved and uncivilized,...