If you have older kids then your manners will hopefully be more advanced than ours (I'm really hoping we grow out of "don't put your hand/food in your drink!" at some point).
This cute place setting is from Martha Stewart. Print on cardstock and cut out to help the kids learn how to set the table. Maybe once they know where each utensil goes and what they are for they'll start using them!
Some ideas for the weekly etiquette practice:
- Chew with your mouth closed.
- Don't talk with food in your mouth. Chew, swallow, then talk.
- Use please and thank you. "Please, pass the...." and "No, thank you."
- Use your napkin and utensils and leave unwanted food on your plate-not on the table or the floor.
- How to set the table.
- Eat slowly
- Don't make rude comments about the food being served.
- Ask to be excused from the table when finished.
- Thank the cook
When I suggested 5 weeks of manners and a fancy Valentine's dinner to my 5 year old he responded, "Okay, but me and Dad get to make the dinner!"