In the field of food, etiquette refers to proper manners and behavior in a formal dining situation. Table manners play an important role in making a favorable impression. They are visible signs of your manners and, therefore, are essential for professional success. Thank you for your letter, Benita.
Table manners are important, especially since people will judge you for them. Worrying about loud chewing noises may not be a thing in someone's culture, but it is in someone else's culture. But I recently received confirmation from an unlikely source about why manners are really important. In addition to the obvious reason why having tolerable manners can help our children become people that others actually want to have dinner with, it turns out that table manners and similar social rules have greater benefits.
In his infallible but intriguing commitment to the social sciences, The Social Animal, David Brooks writes about the undervalued and misunderstood role of the unconscious and emotions in human development. Basically, it seeks to re-prioritize these mental processes and also explore how and why they contribute to a successful life. Getting your child to understand proper etiquette is an essential aspect of parenting that should not be overlooked. Table manners are one of those aspects that help your child develop their social skills.
Good table manners are essential as your child grows and interacts with other people later in life. In addition, eating with good table manners is any day more desirable than its counterpart. This way, when you talk to each other, your child observes your table manners and picks up on them unconsciously. So, while I'm sure there are few high-society customs and mannerisms that I'm not aware of, it never occurred to me that I might be doing something as basic as holding the fork wrong.
Instead of irritatingly pointing out the wrong ones, appreciate the good ones and let them know where they fell short. In addition, clear rules help parents to refocus on the most important message and show children what table manners they should adopt. The most important purpose of the label, Post emphasized, is to really make the people you're with feel comfortable and at ease. Conventional ways to teach your child table manners can be boring, and you should be more creative.
My children, left to fend for themselves, treat spaghetti as a snack, lick the food straight off their plates and burp freely on the table. Another vital aspect is to be patient with them and to be by their side unless they master table manners. Labels on the table play an important role when your child goes to any future social gathering or dinner. Finally, if your child is invited to dinner somewhere else, you should thank the host and help him clear the table.
It may take a while for your child to learn these manners; you must persevere and be patient as you learn. You may find it surprising that you and your partner share different views on what “proper behavior at mealtime” is. According to the workshop instructor, people should be happy and comfortable when they have dinner with you. These multicultural experiences help your children adapt to different dinner tables with their good table manners.