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Health Tip: Teaching Your Child Table Manners

Health Tip: Teaching Your Child Table Manners

(HealthDay News) -- Regular family meals offer a chance to eat healthy foods and practice good table manners.

When should your child learn table etiquette? Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

  • At age 4, teach your child to hold utensils properly, including supervised use of a table knife.

  • Teach your child not to talk with a mouth full of food.

  • Have your child use a napkin.

  • Don't allow your child to reach across someone else's plate.

  • Set a good example by modeling good table manners.

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