Resources for Etiquette Training

There are resources available for those who would like train children in manners and etiquette. One of the most interesting I found was the American School of Protocol. They can be found at:


Dinner Conversation

The dinner table is not just a place to eat, it is also the place where you can have a conversation  with family and friends. In order to manage a conversation there are some simple tips to follow.

  • Look at the person you are talking to.
  • Do not talk with food in your mouth.
  • Show an interest in what is being discussed.
  • Speak clearly.
  • Do not interrupt.
  • Do not use foul language.
  • Do not argue.

Foods that are Okay to Eat with Your Fingers

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus – if not sauced
  • Bacon
  • Berries
  • Bread
  • Bruschetta
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Clams
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Egg Rolls
  • Fajitas – use a fork to eat any filling dropped on plate
  • French Fries 
  • Fried Chicken
  • Lobster – use a fork to dip into melted butter
  • Melons – use a fork at a formal dinner
  • Pizza
  • Sandwiches
  • Shrimp – when served as hors d’oeuvre
  • Tacos

The Table Setting

Order at the table is first defined by the table setting. A table set for a family dinner is less formal than one at a fancy restaurant. First there are generally less utensils at your home table.

Simple Table Setting
Simple Table Setting

The plate is the center of the setting. The fork is placed to the left of the plate with the napkin underneath. The knife is to the the right of the plate and the spoon is placed to the right of the knife. A drinking glass can be placed above the knife and spoon. By knowing where the pieces are placed your child will know where they are even at a crowded dinner table.

Getting Ready for Dinner

Whether you are in a fast food establishment or a fine dining restaurant, you want to be proud of how your children behave. You don’t want to be embarrassed by a child who does something disgusting at the table. Good table manners are critical, but getting ready for dinner is something that also needs to be taught.

A child learns through example. You are the model for your child. How you behave at the table will impact how your child behaves. Getting ready for dinner is just as important as the manners exhibited at the table. Some simple steps to get your child started:

  • Always set the table for dinner. Use your good dishes and flatware. A child will know how to use these at a restaurant if it is modeled at home. Once your child is old enough have them help you set the table.
  • Teach your children to get ready for dinner. It is important that they learn to come properly dressed to the table. This includes changing if their clothes are dirty and washing up. No one wants to see someone with dirty hands at the table.
  • Leave the hats off when coming to the table. 
  • When called to the table everyone should come at once. No one likes to wait and eat cold food.

Once your child has reached the table be sure to teach them that you do not begin until all are seated and you have said grace if that is your tradition. They are now ready to begin!




A Day at the Park

Under the Sea!
Under the Sea!

What a great birthday I had yesterday. My family and I went to the Magic Kingdom for the day. It is one of my favorite places to celebrate my birthday. It’s a Small World just makes my day and its even more fun with my two girls. I also got to go on the new Under the Sea ride in the new Fantasyland.  Ava was in absolute amazement and we had a great time on the ride.

Waiting for Dumbo.
Waiting for Dumbo.

The Dumbo ride is better than ever because the little ones get to play while they wait and the wait does not seem as long as it is. Disney certainly knows how to enhance your experience.

Even though I’m a grandma, I’m still a little kid when I’m at the Magic Kingdom!