Table Manners for Teens


With the holiday season in full swing, undoubtedly most of you will have dinner parties with your extended family and social gatherings galore filling up your calendar. If you are like me, when you go to an event with your child you just hold your breathe hoping that you will be spared one evening of being the mom to “that child” who unfortunately causes all of the other moms in the room to crane their necks and shiver. Dinner parties are the trickiest of all. You have to keep your little ones on their chairs and hope they are able to spare your mother-in-law’s antique Persian rug any of their leftovers. Last year my son’s friend jumped out of his chair on Christmas Eve and decided to wipe his gravy covered hands on his grandmother’s new silk drapes. That made for a lovely evening…

Needless to say, it is never too early to start teaching our kids about manners. We all begin with the basics of ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ but there is so much more for our kids to learn. My mother gave me a copy of Tiffany’s Table Manners for Teenagers many years ago (long after I was a teenager) and I have to admit I still take a peek at it now and then when I am setting the table for guests and I can’t remember where the darn fork is supposed to go. I have found many more books on manners and etiquette for modern families that you might find useful too. Good luck!

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