Mealtime Manners are Important

Table Manners Star Chart

Nannies must help teach their nanny kids table manners by modeling proper manners. Shiela Ellison, author of 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids explains that manners are behaviors that reflect awareness of other people’s feelings.

It takes time to teach kids socially acceptable behavior. This learning happens each day within the family.

A child with manners can confidently interact with others in a way that attracts positive feedback, which encourage the good manners to continue.

Make a star chart listing all of the mealtime manners you want the kids to follow. Perhaps start with one manner per week to work on together. If after the meal the child feels they have succeeded they can give themselves a star.

Shiela Ellison’s list of mealtime manners:

1. Stay seated while eating
2. Age appropriate proper use of utensils
3. Keep elbows off the table
4. Ask for food to be passed
5. Ask to be excused
6. Chew with mouth closed
7. Leave hand and napkins in lap
8. Say please and thank you
9. For older kids no cell phones or electronics at the table

Reference:

Shiela Ellison, 365 Ways to Raise Confident Kids

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