Following Rules and Routines
Teach Your Child How to Break Bread (with Manners): Try Out These Methods for Making Mealtime an Enjoyable Experience for All
It's important to teach your child table manners early on and reinforce them throughout his childhood. Why? Because spending mealtimes with your child and family can be extremely rewarding, as you enjoy both food and each other's company. Around the ages of three to four, your child will begin to be able to use a napkin properly, chew with his mouth closed, not talk with his mouth full, and say "please" and "thank you." He can also help set and clear the dining table, or at least his own place setting. And let's not forget to mention that your child might go through a picky eating phase at this age. If so, don't panic or get too frustrated. Instead, set the standard by creating a rule that everyone must try at least two bites of each food - you could even model this by intentionally serving a food that you're not fond of!
Has your child achieved the following Following Rules and Routines developmental milestones yet? If yes, check off all of the skill(s) he has already mastered to date.