Children and table manners
- January 19, 2012 at 8:45 am #22800
The challenge of the week at our house is table manners. Both my kindergartener and my toddler have been displaying less than angelic behavior during mealtimes. In the course of the meal, we have moments of chewing with mouths open, getting up out of chairs, standing on chairs, refusing to eat…and it seems that they are playing off of each other. I feel a bit ganged up on here! Any suggestions for how to squash bad behavior at the table?January 20, 2012 at 12:47 pm #22802
I recently read about The "Teaching Children Table Manners" Game! Cute idea in theory, but I haven’t tried it yet myself to know how well it works. There are some good tips in here about which manners to focus on and how to implement a "game" to help your children learn the behavior. Here’s a summary of the game:
"Next to everyone’s dinner plate, place a little stack of candies (maybe Starbursts, mini-candy bars, whatever you like). Nobody can touch their candies, yet. They are going to be their dessert, IF they earn it. Throughout dinner, they need to watch each other. If anyone can catch someone breaking a table manner’s rule, they can have one of the offender’s candies to add to their stack. Any arguing will lead to two candies being taken. Everyone really has to be on guard to catch offenders, but to also govern themselves. When dinner is over and clean-up is complete, everyone can gobble the treats they earned from having good manners. Play the game several times and watch good manners really take hold!"
You must be logged in to reply to this topic.
Log in with:
Get in Touch With
Bright Horizons Today!
Get in touch with a Bright Horizons center or school near you! Please complete the form below and we'll get back to you shortly.
We will be in contact with you within the next 2 business days to set up a time for you to visit our program and see our teachers and curriculum in action. At www.brighthorizons.com/visit, you will find more information and resources to help you prepare for this next step in your journey to choosing the best early education program for your child and family.
Subscribe By Email
Thank you for subscribing. A comfirmation email will be sent to you shortly.
- Health and Safety in Child ...October 7, 2019More often than not, there are numerous questions a family ...
- Baby Sign Language: 11 Signs ...October 3, 2019Babies start thinking before they develop language, so they can ...
- 6 Fun Fall Activities for ...October 1, 2019What's your family's favorite way to celebrate fall? Chances are ...