Can we talk about kids' table manners for a minute? I feel like half of us are doing our job as parents, and half of us are all, "Table, what table?" I think we've all hosted the dinner guest from hell -- and we've wondered if he's being raised by orangutans. There's a lot of rude kids out there.
Hey, I'm not parent-shaming. Families nowadays are so stressed and busy, it's hard to get the family to sit down together around the table for a meal on the regular. But it's one of the most important ways we teach our kids to be civilized.
It's hard work, too. I swear, it's taken me YEARS to get my son to stop wiping his face on his sleeve and use his napkin. This stuff does not come naturally for most kids -- but for the future of humanity, it needs to happen. Here are 13 things every young dinner guest needs to learn.
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At the very least, kids should learn the following:
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Bonus advanced table skills:
MAYBE by the time my son graduates from high school, he will have a handle on these. I'm trying my hardest.
What else do you think goes on these lists?
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Going to baseball games
Riding bike rides in the nice weather
Playing outside after work/school
Going for walks outside