Manners at the Table

Behind the pillow on our dining bench sit two books.


They take turns coming out every night at dinnertime to be read by Mom or Dad, depending. We like to be proactive in teaching manners (rather than REactive). These books help with that. A chapter is read each evening reminding us why manners matter.

Here is one which has a short passage for every day of the year:



We glean much from each chapter of this book as well:


Our children quite enjoy the lessons. We have a laugh most nights, realizing how many times we've gotten things wrong. But we are always encouraged to do things differently the next time around. Together, of course.

24 comments:

  1. That is so great that you are taking the time to teach your children manners. I know I grew up being taught manners just as my parents had. If I licked my fingers my dad would pop my hand. I learned you don't lick your fingers! I was just telling my husband the other day when we went out to eat that no one teaches their children manners anymore. They are just running around with very loud voices in the restaurant. They are never told to sit down and be quiet and that drives me crazy. At least yours will know how to act.

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  2. I plan on getting the first book and using it in my preschool class. I think a lot of young parents weren't taught manners themselves and have no idea what to teach their children.

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  3. There are no kids at my house and I should probably take turns reading this with my husband. We could always use a bit of reinforcement. It is so wonderful that you take the time to teach this!

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  4. Manners are so important. We taught our girls from the start and they are lovely, gracious young women today. Manners can help you feel comfortable in any situation you may find yourself in.

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  5. Rie, you have the lovliest ideas. Your children are blessed to have a mother like you.

    Have a lovely mothers day with your gorgeous brood!

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  6. Happy Mothers day Rie! I grew up with manners being a major lesson. We used fancy place settings with multiple utensils etc, my mother always said "what if someday you dine with the queen". Funny, but years ago I did dine with her sister Princess Margaret - everything Mom taught me paid off!

    Another book you might like is The Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett - I read to my son regularly.

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  7. Manners are incredibly important to me. I really believe they can do so much for a child. Thanks for the lovely recommendations..Rachaelxx

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  8. What a lovely idea! I love that you are taking the time to teach your children politeness. Your children are very fortunate to have such caring parents! Thanks for these great book suggestions--I'll be checking them out!

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  9. This I will be doing at our dinner table too.
    Great idea! I love coming over to get in on your great parenting tips.
    Have a wonderful mothers day, you deserve it!

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  10. Hi Rie! I continue to be impressed with your creative ideas on raising your children - you really have implemented some wonderful ideas that will ensure your children grow up to be lovely people.
    Have a beautiful Mother's Day!

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  11. I definitely think that children model the behavior that they see, every day. My daughter and I were invited to a Mother's Day tea, today, and I was so proud to see how she held herself, very respectfully and engaged in the conversation with me and my older friend. No clamming up, no texting under the table, but listening and contributing and elbows off the table! Have a sweet and sunny Mother's Day, tomorrow. xx P&H

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  12. I love this... yay!!! thanks so much. I am so FOR pro-active verses re-active... Great idea... love love love it...
    Ta
    beq

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  13. fantastic idea. my parents instilled good manner in my brothers and i. i think they are so very important. really, great idea! thanks for the post.

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  14. Rie, we too discuss manners with our children daily. Although I do not have books, I believe it is really important as parents to lead by example. Your children are so very lucky Rie to have such wonderful parents who are instilling in them something that is so important, and I love the creative way you are doing it. Wishing you the loveliest of Mothers Days Rie ~ Tina xx

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  15. I imagine you are having the happiest of Mothers Days with your well-mannered children waiting on you hand and foot:-)
    Being pro-active is the best way to parent, good for you Rie!
    Angex

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  16. I always love to hear about parents that are intentional ~ it pays off! (We have to adorable and polite grown daughters - smile.)
    Keep up the good work.

    Happy Mother's Day, Rie.

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  17. Hi Rie I have 3 young children 10,8,and 4 and I discuss the importance of good manners with them all the time,and it definitely pays off because I can take them everywhere with us and I'am never embarrassed by their behavior.Great Post!

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  18. I love the proactive instead of reactive...lots more work, but the benefits are so worth it!

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  19. Those sound like great books! Thank you for sharing...

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  20. What a wonderful thing to do with and for your children!

    I hope your day was filled with love and laughter!

    Enjoy!
    Cathy

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  21. Thank you for recommending. I just ordered it. I really enjoy your blog! Jen from SheEndeavors

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  22. Our first thought:
    We've observed many an adult who could benefit from your nightly lessons.
    Our second thought:
    You are very lucky to be able to sit down to a meal together. Family time at the dinner table is important on so many levels.

    Bon appetit!

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  23. I love this idea.. in fact so much we are going to go check out some of the books this evening.. i love this idea and i love manners! :)

    you are one inspiring mom! :)

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    It's a surprise! :)

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  24. Hi, I just found your blog through Urban Farmgirl and I LOVE IT! I could sit on here and read all night! Great ideas, great stories. I am Hooked!

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