Teaching children table manners

Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on when to start teaching their kids table manners and the best ways to teach table manners to them
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You can actually start teaching table manners at a young age. As soon as they are 6 to 9 months, graduating from eating Cheerios with their fingers and utilizing a spoon to eat rice cereal. As they are able to sit at a table with us, they are able to sit in a chair, we can begin to introduce more intricate table manners. We can introduce the napkin and placement on their lap, and introducing their usage. Also, how to hold glassware. How to utilize the fork and knife. All of these things come into play, the older they get. It's actually a wonderful way for them to develop their fine motor skills. At the table, they also have the opportunity to participate in conversation, as they get older. It's a wonderful way to introduce that to children. Table manners are extremely important for children. As they get older, it becomes integral in their lives because it takes place during family gatherings. As they get older, when they interview for schools and colleges, and even for jobs.
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Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on when to start teaching their kids table manners and the best ways to teach table manners to them

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Lisa Gache

Manners & Etiquette Expert

Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from the parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to "teach your kids to be polite." Her straightforward and doable advice has been featured on CNN, NPR, KTLA and “The Today Show” and in popular publications from USA Today and the New York Post to Woman’s Day magazine. Her contributions to blogs and websites range from the Los Angeles Times, AOL and The Huffington Post to SheKnows.com and MomLogic.com, as well as numerous parenting websites including ParentsAsk, Momversation, New Parent and Buttoned Up. Lisa has been a guest expert on a number of reality shows including “Charm School” on VH1, “Living with Ed” for the Discovery Channel and the soon to be aired “Mrs. Anka’s New PA”.  

In the fall of 2009, after almost eight years of working in her field, Lisa furthered her education by enrolling in The Protocol School of Washington, the first and only nationally accredited school to meet the high standards set by the ACCET and the US Department of Education. She received her certification as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant. 

Gaché is currently writing her debut book—the first fun and humorous parenting guide on manners for kids and teens. Her first manners App was released in early 2011 for both the iPhone and the Android. Lisa is a native New Yorker who was raised in Beverly Hills. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and currently resides in Beverly Hills with her entertainment attorney husband and two young daughters.

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