Tonight is our monthly family candlelight dinner, which I'll share in tomorrow's post. We've found that dimmed lights seem to quiet rowdiness and the kids even talk softer. Nice.
Lately I feel like a broken record. Sit up straight. Napkin in your lap. Inside voice. Use your fork. No bathroom jokes at the table. I started to type up a list of manners to post near our table, but after googling for some ideas...found the coolest poster ever from the Etsy shop I love it All. I loved this list of table manners, so instead of making our own and printing with a photo company, I ordered it:
We hung it on the wall closest to our table. My two oldest actually read the list...and have had fun harassing each other to take their elbows off the table, talk in an inside voice, chew with your mouth closed, etc...My favorite: be thankful for this meal.
The poster is a good visual reminder for all of us, and my two youngest kiddos can learn by watching. Signs seem to work well for our family. Check out our signs and other family strengthening blog posts here:
family coat of arms
huddle up - teambuilding
"Good manners will open doors
that the best education cannot."