Manners Matter is one of the SMORE
Unfortunately so few families eat at the table anymore. The research is out that shows that families that eat meals together at the table have several positive results, like children who don’t drop out, kids who aren’t as likely to do drugs, and children who learn to communicate with others in a civilized way.
- Wash before eating.
- Place your napkin in your lap.
- Chew with your mouth closed.
- Keep elbows off the table.
- Say “please” and “thank you.”
- Wipe your mouth often.
- Compliment the cook
Create a family tradition of topics discussed at your table. It could be sharing the high points of your day. Or telling the family something you learned during your day. It could be saying a thank you to someone in the family. Family bonds can be built with simple, repetitive activities.