Manners

Teaching manners and civility is so important to me. I want my children to learn respect, restraint, and courtesy and I want to help them develop a strong character. This part of the blog includes mini-manner lessons and activities to teach your children. This section of the bog includes a variety of family night lessons as well as table manner lessons and ideas. If you are interested in teaching table manners, I have numbered all of them and recommend starting at Manner #1 and work your way through. The lessons follow the natural progression of dinner.

How to Eat Bread

This post is going to throw some of you for a loop and you simply will not accept the proper manners on How to Eat Bread. But I will still impart the information, you can decide what to do with it.…

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How to Eat Asparagus

Last week was A week, so we ate asparagus one night. I thought it would the perfect time to cover how to eat asparagus.…

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How to Eat Pasta

Pasta is my kids’ favorite food– from Fettuccine Alfredo to Spaghetti to Homemade Macaroni to Baked Ziti– they love it all. But pasta can be a tricky food for kids ( and adults) to eat. (I never ordered noodles on a date because it wasn’t always pretty.) Here is How to Eat Pasta:…

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How to Eat Corn on the Cob

Summer is winding down and so is corn on the cob season. ( Boo! Nothing is better than corn straight from the cob.) So I thought I better cover “How to Eat Corn on the Cob” while there is still a little time left:…

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How to Eat a Kabob

We have been grilling all summer and one of our favorites has been chicken and veggie skewers, so I had to get in “How to Eat a Kabob” while there was still some summer left.…

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Garbage Can Words

I always knew I would resurrect the “Garbage Can Words” lesson of my youth; I just didn’t dream that I would be the reason I would need to. It all started when my son told my friend, “My mom says the D word every day.…

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One More Thing

I should have added one more No-No to my Kids Table Manner Lesson #18: No-Nos at the Dinner Table: NO playing with your food. It’s cute when you’re 2, but not when your 12.…

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Manner #20: End of Meal Manners

I served dessert first. (I mean if we are going to talk about the end of the meal manners, we have to be at the end of the meal, right?) My kids were happy and surprised to see cookies on the table when they came to dinner.…

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Patriotic Etiquette

My family gets the unique opportunity to spend the week at Philmont Scout Ranch. (My husband has to wear a Scout uniform all week 🙂 Since we have a flag ceremony every morning, I thought it would be a great time to cover patriotic etiquette with my kids. Not to mention all of the 4th of July festivities coming up as well. This is what I believe is basic patriotic etiquette:…

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Kids’ Airplane Etiquette

Chad and I recently took our two youngest kids on their first airplane ride. I chatted up the flight attendant and asked her advice on kids’ airplane etiquette. Here are a few manners and tips to remember when flying with children:…

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