In the early 1960′s, my mom worked as a live-in nanny to a wealthy, studio-exec’s family. During those years she absorbed all kinds of methods of finery including, the proper way to set a formal table. When she became a parent, she passed the basics on to us kids. It wasn’t until I was a young adult though– out on restaurant dates with men who left napkins on the table and looked blankly at which of the multiple forks to use– that I realized what an advantage that little piece of knowledge, gave me in life. Armed with table etiquette, I’m just as comfortable dining with CEO’s at a 5-star bistro, as I am hanging out at pizza joints with my kids. Now, as a mother myself, this is an advantage I’m working to pass along to my own kids.
The current webisode of Ragú® Sauce’s Moms the Word on Dinnertime, explores the relevance of enforcing table manners with our kids. Some of us feel like the table is a great training ground for life situations, others feel like worrying about the small stuff falls way low on the totem pole.
How to you feel about the topic? Do you require your children to sit down at a family table, or are you more of a, “just say ‘thanks’ as I hand you a TV tray” kind of parent? Ragú® (well, and me, too) wants to hear your table manner philosophy and methodology. Type on over to Facebook/ragusauce, and join the conversation.