|“If in doubt at any time as to what is proper, follow the example of others of more experience.” Wise etiquette advice then, and just as wise advice now.|
Table Manners for Children
- Drink from the cup—never from the saucer
- Teaspoons are left in the saucer, not in the cup.
- Making a noise, either in eating or drinking, is vulgar.
- Always cheerfully defer to older people and to guests.
- Eat slowly, and do not fill the mouth with large quantities.
- Eat the food served or quietly leave it on the plate without remark.
- Avoid drumming with the fingers or feet; it is the height of impoliteness.
- If in doubt at any time as to what is proper, follow the example of others of more experience.
- Patiently await the coming of your turn; do not follow with the eyes the food served to others.
- Never unnecessarily handle the dishes, or in any other way exhibit nervousness or impatience.
- Do not feel obliged to “clean up the plate;” especially do not make a laborious display of doing so.
- Do not ask for any particular part of a fowl or similar dish, unless asked your preference; in that case always indicate some part, and if there really be no choice, designate the portion with which the host can most conveniently render service.— The Weekly Bouquet, 1898
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