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Attempts, part two

February 22, 2010

Knowing that our boys will someday have to enter the wide, wide world of courting, teaching, and providing, we are trying to teach them manners. Starting right here at the family meal.

To restore a bit of civility and order to the dinner table, we have introduced cloth napkins, placemats, and candles. It’s amazing what dim lights and candlelight can do to bring improved manners to the meal. Well, most of the time. There are also the ever-present reminders that: your shirt is not a napkin, please use your fork, please keep food on the plate, if you don’t like it don’t spit it out on the floor or fling it on the wall, and so forth. Taming the circus, one trick (and animal) at a time.

What are you doing in your homes these days to keep things ticking?

  1. February 22, 2010 11:32 pm

    Great post!Teaching your kids the right manner is definitely the right thing for a parent to do. Some children i knew grew up rude and lack of discipline.

  2. John Gholdston permalink
    February 23, 2010 9:18 am

    Wow. Be sure to tell them to watch their mother, NOT their father when they eat. I seem to remember him in the newsroom eating with no hands involved. Great for production but questionable for Miss Manners. LOL

    • February 23, 2010 2:18 pm

      Ha! Yes, Seth is excellent at eating while typing/writing. But he still has the best manners in the family.

  3. Libby Gee permalink
    February 23, 2010 11:01 pm

    You are such a remarable woman. A great balance of high and noble intentions and fun and silliness! Wow!

  4. February 24, 2010 4:09 pm

    Cute! I love it! I have to say, I love thinking of you as this mother of 4 rambunctious boys! (Not that they are necessarily rambunctious, but it is just fun to think of) I can’t imagine a better mother for the job!

  5. February 25, 2010 12:23 am

    You have so many good ideas! And you implement them.

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