Family Mealtime Etiquette


Mealtime is an important part of family life. Establishing a set of etiquette rules can help create a pleasant and respectful atmosphere. Start by setting the table with appropriate utensils and dishes. Greet each family member with a smile and a hug before sitting down. Turn off all electronic devices and ask everyone to take their seats. Before eating, say a prayer or blessing. Pass the food around the table and encourage everyone to try a little bit of everything. Chew with your mouth closed and speak politely and respectfully. Avoid talking with food in your mouth. When finished, ask to be excused and thank the cook for the meal. Finally, clear the table and help with the dishes. Following these simple rules will help create an enjoyable and harmonious family mealtime.