Sometimes I wonder if my kids will ever learn table manners, especially when we eat somewhere that offers cloth napkins. That’s how Sophia gauges if the restaurant is “fancy.” I like eating out because I don’t feel like cooking dinner everyday. Since Jaxson is home with me for most of the day, I usually have to cook him lunch and give him snacks too. I just get tired of cooking.
Where was I? Oh yeah, table manners. For my soon to be 8 and 4 year old kids.
Sometimes we use cloth napkins at home. That means we’re fancy right? Heck, we even give the kids forks (or chopsticks if we eat Vietnamese food). Just because I give my kids nice things doesn’t mean they use them. I watch them use their fingers to pick apart their food and shovel the food in their mouths. I want to say, Your fork is NEXT to your plate. Use it. Sometimes I do. Most days I’m too tired to put forth the effort. I just let their clothe napkins slide off their laps and land on the food crumbs on neglected floor.
When we went on our Carnival Breeze Cruise last December, I almost didn’t want to take them to our seated dinner. If the ship offered free babysitting, we should take advantage right? I’m glad that we made them come to “fancy” dinner with us every night. While they weren’t necessarily on their best behavior for the entire dinner, Sophia and Jaxson did get a chance to put their table manners to use.
Luckily the wait staff on Carnival Cruises were very patient with the kids (not just ours but other families’ kids too). They helped us entertain the kids so my husband and I could enjoy our fancy dinner.
I just wished my kids remembered some of those table manners they picked up on the cruise.
This post was inspired by The Dinner, a novel by Herman Koch. Two brothers and their wives sit down for a tension filled dinner to discuss a tragedy that can change both families’ lives forever. Join From Left to Write on October 29 as we discuss The Dinner. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.