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does anyone else has a problem with kids poorly behaved at the dinner table? i have had enough. i’ve been trying to teach my 3 children table manners since they were really little, you know, the usual stuff: close the mouth when chewing, don’t talk while you eat, don’t run around when everyone is eating. and it seemed to work and they seemed to remember, until few month ago we had visitors, my husband’s brother and his family came to stay with us for a week. their kids (10 and 7) didn’t not have a clue about table manners, the worst part was talking while they eat. my kids adopted it in a flash, our dinner resembles feeding time at the zoo. i couldn’t really say anything to their children, but when they were gone i was left with this problem, to this day i cannot break the bad habits, they chew with open mouth, they talk, they run around. nothing helps at all. i am very frustrated right now


Posted by mumofthreeplus, 25th June 2013


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  • Oh no! I don’t like vac table manners either! They’ve obviously picked up some bad habits from your visitors. I’m sure time will see them come right

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  • Bribery or banning dessert may work? Would taking them out if they adopt the table manners for so many sittings work? I remember my mum being appalled at my table manners when I was a kid. They have no idea that something is wrong.

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  • I so know what you mean.

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  • Just need more patience to deal it with kids.

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  • Stick to it … tell them if they can’t eat properly they go without dessert or any treats

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  • We were also like this as children, but we all adopted our manners when we absolutely had to. As long as they know the ‘rules’, you’ve done your job mum.

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  • I was like this as a kid. The thing is kids are full with energy. They need to channel out so sometimes they seem really annoying and overactive. How about some mild punishment? :P

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  • thank you for the advice, i know i need more patience with this

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  • Persistence and tough love….Feeding time here can resemble a pigsty if you let it. Pick your battles, feed them early so they are not tired. Make one bad habbit the focus of the week as opposed to trying to fix all of them straight away. We also do a week of ‘restaurant manners’ if they can do it at home we go out for a meal, set the table with napkins, placemats, a candle the works….make it special. Table manners are a dying art sadly. GOOD LUCK and bon appetite.

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