Teaching kids table manners, or just manners in general, is an on-going, daily process.  Whether we’re at home at the dinner table or at a restaurant, bad table manners is something I do not let my kids get away with.With the holiday season upon us, I like to remind myself to remind the kids of these important table manners.  Here are a few of the top table manners we practice daily….









What Every Kid Should Know! 

  1. Come to the table with clean hands and face.
  2. Put your napkin on your lap.
  3. Start eating when everyone else does – or when given the OK to start.
  4. Stay seated and sit up straight.
  5. Keep elbows (and other body parts!) off the table while eating.
  6. Chew with your mouth closed and don’t talk until you’ve swallowed.
  7. Don’t make bad comments about the food.
  8. Say “Please pass the —” instead of reaching.
  9. Chat with everyone at the table.
  10. Don’t make rude noises like burping or slurping.
  11. Ask to be excused when finished.
  12. Thank your host or whoever prepared the meal.
  13. Offer to help clear the table.
Definitely a work in progress in the Grossi household….



Nancy Grossi

Nancy is a mother of two and a wife of a Dairyman living in Northern California on her family's dairy farm. She enjoys cooking, photography, spending time with her family, taxiing her kids around to