- Table manners are trending!
There was a time when table manners seemed a little bit old-
fashioned! People ate on their laps in front of the TV, or in shifts
at the kitchen counter. But we’ve learned that eating together
around a table is good for us – whether at school or at home.
Here’s why table manners are more than just an old-fashioned
Vital skills for kids
It’s easier to let a little one eat with a spoon, but allowing them
to learn how to use a knife and fork develops %ne motor skills of
note! It’s not just about cutting or lifting, but learning to do
both at once that makes using a knife and fork important.
Being a productive member of the family is a big deal for small
children, and one of the easiest jobs to get them started is
setting the table, or helping to take used plates to the sink after
a meal. Teaching them where to put the cutlery, laying
placemats, salt, pepper and serviettes is part of training
memory and order. It also gives you another reason to say:
Everyone sitting down together to eat and chat at a laid table -
then taking dishes to the kitchen once everyone has %nished -
actually helps to reduce picky and %nicky eating with kids.
While you may still battle to get them to love broccoli, there’ll
be less acting up at dinner time.
Next month: Important social skills from simple table manners