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Table Manners for Kids and Parents

Elbows on the table and trips to the restroom during dinner -- how are your kids doing when it comes to social graces at the dinner table?

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Elbows on the table and trips to the restroom during dinner -- how are your kids doing when it comes to social graces at the dinner table?

1. When is it acceptable to put your elbows on the table?

  • Only between courses.
  • While you are eating.
  • Never.

2. During the meal you need to visit the restroom. What do you do?

  • Announce to everyone, "I've gotta go to the toilet."
  • Say, "Excuse me for a moment, I'll be right back."
  • Say nothing -- just leave.
  • Sit quietly and suffer until the meal is over.

3. When you are not eating, where do you keep your hands?

  • On your lap or resting on the table.
  • In your pockets.
  • Keep 'em busy. Drum a little tune with your fingers.

4. Is it good manners to read the newspaper at the table?

  • Only if you're willing to share the sports section.
  • Yes -- as long as you keep it neatly folded.
  • No. Reading or watching TV during dinner is a social no-no.

5. At dinner, when should you start eating?

  • As soon as you are served.
  • When everyone has been served.
  • When the host or parent begins to eat.

1. When is it acceptable to put your elbows on the table?
Only between courses.

2. During the meal you need to visit the restroom. What do you do?
Say, "Excuse me for a moment, I'll be right back."

3. When you are not eating, where do you keep your hands?
On your lap or resting on the table.

4. Is it good manners to read the newspaper at the table?
No. Reading or watching TV during dinner is a social no-no.

5. At dinner, when should you start eating?
When the host or parent begins to eat.

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