The next time your toddler’s behavior makes you want to give up on family dinners and just serve cereal all day, consider that the problem isn’t their lack of manners. It’s that they still only know the rules of toddler etiquette.
- Arrive underdressed. – Let everyone know you aren’t an ordinary diner. Arrive at the table missing at least one piece of clothing such as a sock, shoe, shirt or, ideally, pants. If it is a formal meal, wear extra stickers.
- Bring a guest. – A toy should be with you at the table. If necessary, hold the preferred toy hostage until your request for a plus-1 is granted. Your toy will understand.
- Be patient. – Wait until seating assignments are settled before selecting another seat to take or lap to sit in.
- Sit up straight. – You will know you are sitting up high enough when you are standing in your chair.
- Always be the first to order. – Ordering food should begin long before dinnertime and continue until you are asleep in bed.
Read rules 6-25 on the Scary Mommy website where my post was originally featured by clicking here.