7 tips for young children to quickly master table manners
Adults want to achieve proper upbringing of the child, although there are sometimes minor difficulties. One of the difficulties is teaching a small child to master good manners at the table (during meals).
- The child eats completely independently during meals – the age at which a child can eat a meal independently also depends on the adults. Sometimes even a one-year-old child already holds a spoon quite securely and even tries to bring it to his mouth. However, there are children who after one year need help from adults when eating because they just open their mouths and wait for food to be brought to them. Already at 7 or 8 months of age, the child tries to pick up objects around him. Therefore, the child should not always be prevented from reaching for objects independently, because this is how he learns to eat independently.
- It is necessary to allow the child to express his abilities while eating – of course this is possible with certain precautions (for example, a spread newspaper on the table or a portico around the child’s neck that protects the child’s clothes from stains).
- The child should be allowed to hold a spoon of a suitable size and with a curved handle that will be able to grip more firmly in the hand – adults should know that it will take some time until the child learns to hold the spoon correctly. In the beginning, the child will often drop the spoon or clumsily shake the contents on the floor. The child should be allowed to gradually master “handling the spoon” and bring the spoon to his mouth.
- The child will more safely “catch” the dish with akashic after mastering the skill of “holding a spoon in the hands” – this game entertains small children. Adults should wait patiently for the child to bring the spoon with food and swallow the contents. Only in case of failure should adults help the small child.
- During the meal, the child will “take up” his own spoon due to the feeling of hunger. It is best if the small child first moves away from the table for a short time, so that later he tries to take the spoon on his own. A hungry child will not wait for an adult to give a spoon. Thus, the goal is half achieved. The child can eat only his favorite dish from the plate, while the rest of the contents will wait for an adult to feed the child. Adults should not give in even now, at least not until they are convinced that the child will remain persistent until the end. Pleading and scolding will not help, so remove the plate without any objection.
- The child will make up for the removed plate (with the contents of the meal) later, and adults should not be upset and worried. The child easily notices any change in the face. That is why it may happen that he tries to refuse the next meal because he is amused by testing his own power over an adult. Adults therefore give in easily.
- Adults should be persistent with a cheerful mood (cheerful expression on the face) every time during the “feeding” of a small child.