Here are the top ten best dining manners to impress upon your children.
Use your napkin: A napkin is used to wipe food from your mouth, to blot your lips before taking a drink, to catch crumbs or drippings that may fall into your lap.
Help set the table and clear dishes: For many families coming together for dinner is a thing of the past except on special occasions.
It is no wonder that our children do not know how to properly set a table.
Use your utensils, not your fingers: Different cultures have different standards for table manners. In some countries it is perfectly acceptable to eat with your fingers, however, in America, we are taught to eat our food with utensils.
Practice the secret language of waiters. The resting position and the finished position are the secret codes to alert servers if a diner is taking a break or finished with their meal.
Ask to leave the table. Ask permission before leaving the table whether you need to use the restroom during your meal or would like to be excused at the end of the meal.
Learn how to eat like the French. There are two styles of eating, the Continental style, and the American style.
Always compliment the chef!