We were all sat round the table tonight, as you do, eating our dinner when 9 year old piped up ‘You’ve got your elbows on the table!”
He was right. I did. So. suitably chastened, I removed my offending elbows from the dinner table.
He had a point.
Which spurred me on to give him an impromptu quiz on dining etiquette to see if he was as up to speed as he made out.
-What side should the knife and fork go on at the side of your plate, and where should the dessert spoon go?!
Which side should you pass the salt or whatever to?!
– If you want to leave the table before everyone else has finished, how could you politely excuse yourself?
How would you have answered?
I’m proud to say he knew all the answers. (See, he does know how to behave like a gentleman at the table even if half of the time he wants to pretend he’s at a chimp’s tea party…. )
He even learnt something new in this spot quiz, and that was if presented with an array of knives and forks at a formal dinner setting, work from the outside in.
Hey, we should all show our table manners. Do you think they’re irrelevant and on the decline nowadays, or do you think it’s important to teach your children how to be all posh and “proper”?! After all who knows what social situations they’ll find themselves in in later life….