Are burping, cell phones and rude behavior all part of your family’s normal dinner time routine?

Etiquette experts say that with packed schedules and technology, meals aren’t what they used to be. Many families have the television on in the background…or the foreground. They have computers and cell phones on the table and, in general, manners have gone out the window.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your kids to have better table manners, there are all kinds of new resources out there:

  • Etiquette classes are popping up with lessons on how to properly use napkins, knives and forks, how to talk to an adult or a waitress and how NOT to leave your plate looking like a science project.
  • One teacher slams a clunky land line phone on the table and asks kids if that seems OK. When they all say “no,” she tells them it’s the same thing when you put your cellphone on the table. Don’t do it!
  • For parents, the modern day “Emily Post’s” say it’s a good idea to introduce one formal thing at a meal every now and then, like cloth napkins. Children’s behavior may rise to the occasion.
  • Set a good example! Don’t talk on your cellphone or work at your computer at meal times!

Mr. G claims to know something about etiquette, listen for yourself and decide:

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