As the world is growing faster than ever and its demands to live more comfortably are rising with the passage of time, people are not having time even for themselves. Human beings need to live together, to communicate, to share and to care, but now it is not easy to get benefits of all these requirements.
Prior to this rapid emerging world, dining out together was considered as a learning place, where all family members were use to get around meal. Now such type of trends are getting diminished.As a place to learn many things about the world, not only manners, the family meal, enjoyed together and with some regularity and structure, is irreplaceable.
Of course, there must be rules about how you behave at dining table. Although there is no need to let others tell about eating manners yet it is necessary to elaborate them for kids’ convenience when they are out for dinner or lunch among some unknown people.
First of all you need to wash your hands and be clean and neat when you come to dining table and chew quietly with your mouth closed. Keep both hands on the table when you start eating. Do not overload your fork and not to play with your food. Be careful in taking food in your plate, it should not be filled lavishly because it gives the impression of voracious.
Try to take little and as much as you can finish easily. It is preferable to have take meal at one side of plate. Learn the proper way to use eating utensils. Do not interrupt adults, but see that children are included in family conversations. If finished before others, ask to be excused before leaving the table.Eating together gives you time to let children learn about eating and sitting manners among older people.
The parents’ responsibility is to make it possible and comfortable for the young child to keep all the rules that are assigned at the table. The parents, including the children in the conversation, should direct questions to them that are of interest and of which they have some knowledge.
The child should be congratulated and encouraged when the behavior is good, but handled gently and corrected with patience when there are improvements to be made. Making a battleground of mealtime will certainly defeat any attempt at teaching gentleness and good manners.Additionally, the implements should be of the right size and not too heavy, so as to allow the child to eat comfortably.
Some food may be cut in to small bites so the young child can easily put it in to his or her mouth without any difficulty. The plate should not be piled too high or the portions be too large. The main purpose of mealtime may be nourishment, but it also needs to be a pleasant time and a place to learn and communicate.
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