Friday, December 4, 2009

BMW - Not the Car!

Mannerly Parents Raise Mannerly Children To Be Mannerly Adults!
As most of you know I do not teach children's etiquette classes - I teach parent's manners classes. Kids are lacking manners because parents have not taught their kids how to behave. One of two reasons - parents either don't know what to teach their kids, or they set the standard but do not set the example. Either way, parents and children should be set up for success even if it is just the basics. 
Here's the table set up - remember BMW (Bread on the left, Meal in the middle, Water on the right)

If you teach your children just this one thing - at least they will ALWAYS know which glass and bread plate is theirs. (I wish someone would have taught me instead of learning through the school of hard-knocks!)
Okay - while you are at it - why not teach them three more things:
1.) Scoot-up one hand width from the table 
2.) Always place your napkin in your lap first thing. 
3.) Do not pick up a utensil to start eating until everyone has been served. (unless it is a buffet - when two are back to the table begin eating)
See - it's easy! Parents should be patient and persistent with their kids - they will follow your lead.
Proverb:  22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not turn from it.


LaurenFaythe said...

When I first started dating my husband, he taught me how to set a table correctly - to the inch! :) His mom had taught him out of "the etiquette book". Thank goodness, because even now he sets the table whenever we have guests!

...All Things Refined said...

Your husband was blessed to have a mom that cared - many people do not know how to set the table properly. Pay it forward and teach someone else!