The 8-Day Table Manners Boot Camp!

Have you ever seen pigs eat at the farm? The farmer pours the food down and the pigs all swarm the food in a feeding frenzy. They will grab, push, snort and gulp down as much food as possible. Do you ever feel that your kids resemble the pigs?The 8-Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How do we tame our kids table manners before the holidays? To prep your kid and remind them to mind their table manners, we have put together an 8-day boot camp! Eight essential skills to work on each day and then a final day to put it all together. Ready to get started?

Day 1. WAIT UNTIL EVERYONE IS SEATED TO START
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This is sometimes really hard for kids, especially when they are hungry. Here’s when we need to stress the word PATIENCE! Give them a special dessert if they mastered this one tonight.

Day 2. NAPKIN 101
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Is it a towel? A new shirt? What is the purpose of the napkin? Before eating, the napkin should be placed on your lap and used throughout the meal. Use a gentle tap to remove any bits of food that didn’t quite make it into the mouth. Encourage the use of the mighty napkin!

Day 3. SIT UP STRAIGHT AND REMAIN SEATED

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Remind your kids to sit up and straight (even if you are tired or sick!). Once you are seated stay seated without squirming or rocking. We always say ‘no ants in your pants’ at dinner! All toys and electronic gadgets to be kept away from the table.

Day 4. USE YOUR UTENSILS

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Give your kids a quick refresher on how to use their utensils. The more they practice the easier it will become! Take small bites and keep your mouth closed while you eat. And please no finger licking!

Day 5. ELBOWS OFF THE TABLE
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DAY 6. NO REACHING AT THE TABLE

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Imagine driving a car on a race track? Pass the food in one direction so that the dishes don’t collide. And NO reaching over other to get more gravy!

Day 7. USE MAGIC WORDS AND NO BODILY NOISES AT THE TABLE

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Please and thank you are always appropriate at the dinner table. Thank the person next to you passing the potatoes. Ask your brother to please pass the lemonade. Remind them to thank the cook. And, please NO BODILY NOISES at the table!

Day 8. THE GRANDE FINALE!

Rehearsal Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use Page_87.jpg (285 downloads) from page 87 of the award-winning book, Lil’ Champs Play it SMART to get you started. We also have a wonderful new mini sample activity book that we just launched at a restaurant in Connecticut. Keep your kiddos occupied and learn valuable lessons with this FREE download- elm-activity.pdf (188 downloads)

8-DAY HOLIDAY TABLE MANNERS BOOTCAMP!

We hope you and your kids enjoy some wonderful holiday feasts with amazing table manners. Do you have any tips on teaching your kids table manners?

 

 

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Suzanne Wind About Suzanne Wind

Suzanne Wind is a wife, mom of three and author of the award-winning series, The SMART Playbook and Lil' Champs Play it SMART. Her passion is to empower parents to teach the next generation social skills that fit a modern world and are the key to their future successes. She writes about ideas and activities designed to help children gain confidence and character.
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