Teaching Kids to Use Utensils

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Table manners including utensil use are very important throughout a child's life. Learn how to teach them to use utensils at the table in this free video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Table Manners for Children
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Video Transcript

Teaching your children how to properly use utensils is very important. As soon as your child is past the toddler stage and has kind of mastered holding the spoon and bringing it to their mouths, I recommend that giving them a fork and really teaching them how to use it the right way. Teach your child how to use the fork properly because if they, it's kind of like learning how to hold a pencil and, once you learn how to hold it one way, it's really hard to break any sort of habit and it'll just be harder for your child to master the correct way. So, from the get go, teach them how to use a fork, let them practice, let them watch you and then when it's time, when they're older and they've mastered the fork and you feel that they're ready to learn how to use a knife, again, from the very beginning, go ahead and teach them how to use a knife properly. Teach them how to hold it in their right hand, how to hold their fork in their left hand, and how to hold it properly between their fingers and their thumb and not to wrap their fist around it and just sort of stick the fork into there. It's important. I think that the way that somebody uses their utensils is very telling of the table manners, well probably, how much they listen to their mothers, not necessarily how much their mothers taught them. But, I think it's important that you teach your children how to properly use utensils. Also, be sure, obviously for safety reasons, to tell your children not to swing their forks or their knives around at the table, they're not weapons or toys, they're not to stick their brother or sister across the table with their fork. They really need to keep their utensils either on their plates or in their hands and up to their mouths and, always caution a child never to put a knife into their mouths because there are obvious dangers with that.


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