It is not necessary to postpone teaching the child how to behave at the table for later; the best option is to start teaching the child etiquette with the start of feeding.
Some mothers are touched by how the child smears the puree on itself and the walls. I am not a fan of unnecessary cleaning, so from an early age I began to explain to my daughter that she needed to eat carefully in accordance with certain rules and regulations.
Of course, with hand washing. Despite the fact that the child washed his hands after coming back from a walk, they still need to be washed again just before eating.
Even if you were at home, this procedure should not be neglected. There are a lot of things in the apartment, the purity of which leaves much to be desired – the remote control, telephone, door handles, switches, etc.
What not to do
This may be my personal fad, but any manipulations with products other than cooking and direct consumption are unacceptable for me. My daughter never had games with food – neither building cities from flour, nor sorting pasta with beans.
At the table to play with food is unacceptable. The maximum is to connect the fantasy and give the dish in the form of an animal, for example. One of my friends to distract her son uses the method of bathing machines in ketchup. Whether with an appetite for a baby is very bad, or they cannot come up with other ways of entertainment, but for me this method of feeding is wild, or something.
It is possible that, for infancy, games with food may be allowed so that the baby explores various product structures. However, in older adults it is unacceptable to compete in inflating bubbles of compote or building locks of mashed potatoes.
If with the coordination of movements in the child is not very, you should protect clothing from stains with a special apron. At an older age should be explained that you need to eat as carefully as possible, avoiding clutter on the plate and stains on the tablecloth and clothing.
Of course, it is unacceptable to wipe your face and hands with handy objects – a tablecloth or sleeve. For these purposes there are napkins, they should always be in an accessible place for the child.
A few simple rules to follow at the table:
– to start eating should be when all the participants of the meal sit at the table;
– getting up from the table should thank the one who prepared the meal;
– you should stay at the table until there is everything finished (otherwise you should ask permission to leave the table).
The rules of behavior at the table for children and adults do not differ much. Do not forget to explain to the child that it is unacceptable to chew with an open mouth, stuff your mouth with food, accompany your meal with sound effects – slurp and sip.
Behavior at the table at home and beyond should not be different. The rules of table etiquette should be the norm that is observed always and everywhere, and not the exception, which is followed only in public. Actions should be brought to automatism, the correct behavior should be easy.
The best way to teach a child a culture of behavior at the table is to show everything by personal example. After all, if a mother sits down at the table without having washed her hands, and dad does not consider it necessary to thank the mother for dinner, then the child will do likewise.
Do your children follow table rules?