In our digital world, it's easy for teens to lose sight of basic manners.
But grunting when Grandma asks a question or texting when eating a meal is rude.
I got this great question recently, and I don’t know how to answer it.
I’m pretty sure that no one wants to have their table manners critiqued or have to critique the table manners of another adult, so it’s definitely awkward if it becomes necessary to have this conversation with a loved one.
When your teen is about to enter a new situation, role play.When you see your teen display good manners, point it out.Acknowledge when he's doing a good job and he'll be more likely to keep up the good work.I dated someone for a long time who was generally a great and considerate and well-mannered guy, but chewed with his mouth open (not so much that you saw his food, but the lip smacking was pretty loud and pretty gross).The thing I’ve noticed with my current sweetheart (also great, considerate and well-mannered) is that he never, ever puts his napkin on his lap during meals, even when we’re in a nice place with a group of people who are all doing this.