Many manners mishaps seem to happen at the table for the under 5 set. So, when your toddler says or does something that makes it appear as if you, as a parent, have absolutely no idea what table manners are... say to yourself, "Don't worry, it's my rite of passage as a parent" (and of course, it makes for great dinner party conversation).
Your child is never too young to begin teaching the basics. The dining table will be the setting for many important happenings in your child's life.
It may, one day, be the setting for meeting his girlfriend's parents for the first time, a lunch with a potential employer or a dinner with upper management at the office holiday party. No matter what the occasion, knowing how to navigate his way through a meal will tremendously benefit your child.
Most children will master these dining skills by age 5, but you should start teaching them around the age of 2. Of course, there will be some exceptions to this, but as your toddler grows and matures, the more difficult dining skills can be taught and mastered.
Begin as you mean to go on! Teach your toddler to never:
Here are just a few of the many dining dos you should begin teaching your child:
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