Teaching Kids to Set the Table

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Setting the table should be a big job for a child and table manners are very important throughout a child's life. Learn how to teach them to help set the table in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Table Manners for Children
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Once a child is about four years old, they really are old enough to learn how a table is set and they're really old enough to know where the utensils go, and they certainly are old enough to help set the table. And this is a really great way to teach them from a very early age and it will just be like second nature to them, how to set a table. You can even have them draw little diagrams or create little place mats for themselves. You can do this out of just a piece of paper. Just have them draw a plate and then a fork, and a knife and a spoon and have them create their own little place mats. Or you can make your own. You can make them each individualized place mats and it's a fun way to teach them. Any time that you get your children involved in the actual motions and the process of things that you're trying to teach them, especially when it comes to rules and protocols that you want them to follow. It really adds a fun element, and a positive element, rather than seeming like just one more rule that they have to follow when having any sort of negative connotation to it. So, I encourage you to, you know, have your children help you set the table. If you have picky eaters, and your children are old enough, you know, let them help you cook so that they have some sort of sense of pride in the food that's prepared, and they're more likely to eat it that way. There are lots of ways that you can get your children involved and at the same time, teach them all of the important rules that you want them to know. And you know, a little bit of patience and some creativity and imagination goes a long way when trying to teach your children table manners.

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