Holiday Table Etiquette
All children can behave like little turkeys once in a while, but when the family is sitting around the Thanksgiving table, the only turkey should be the main course! Find out which table manners you should expect of your child this Thanksgiving meal.
According to child development expert Elizabeth Donovan, MA, "Teaching your children table manners begins from the time they can take their first bits of solid food. As children get older, it's imperative that parents continue to teach table manners and etiquette, because it helps [the kids] develop important social skills and self-confidence."
Here are the points of etiquette experts say your young Thanksgiving attendees should be able to handle:
If they are self-feeding, these wee family members should:
As children grow, their ability to comprehend rules and expectations increases. Preschoolers should:
Grade-schoolers and older
In addition to the manners above, your holiday feast will be more enjoyable when kindergarten, grade school, and high school children practice good table manners such as:
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