The Hardest Job?

“The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.”  –Fred Astaire

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Last Saturday, I taught about 8th grade cotillion kids dining etiquette.  I always worry that they’ll be bored or won’t care about what’s proper when it comes to eating with others.  Of course, not every kid can be in cotillion…so what’s a parent to do?   Easy.  “Google it.”  

Here’s what Emily Post listed as the “top table manners” very kid should: 

  1. Come to the table with clean hands and face.
  2. Put your napkin on your lap.
  3. Start eating when everyone else does—or when given the okay to start.
  4. Stay seated and sit up straight.
  5. Keep elbows (and other body parts!) off the table while eating.
  6. Chew with your mouth closed and don’t talk until you’ve swallowed.
  7. Don’t make bad comments about the food.
  8. Say “Please pass the…” instead of reaching.
  9. Chat with everyone at the table.
  10. Don’t make rude noises like burping or slurping.
  11. Ask to be excused when finished.
  12. Thank your host or whoever prepared the meal.
  13. Offer to help clear the table.

About allthingsetiquette

Lynley Jones presents Behave! All things Etiquette, an interactive and hilarious undertaking that will help you how to navigate your world with style and confidence. All Things Etiquette is an endeavor to further society's niceties, build self-esteem, self-respect, and respect for others.
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