Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

 

Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

 

Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

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With family dinners sometimes sidelined due to hectic work and extra-curricular schedules, it can be tricky to find opportunities to help your kids learn proper table manners. Gollygee-pers is a small company featuring products that help teach children important social skills. Gollygee-pers products utilize music, art, story and games to make practicing good citizenship a fun and enjoyable activity for everyone.

Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

 

Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

One such product available is a fun mealtime game targeted to teach table manners. Table Manners Cards is a fun game to help parents teach their children good manners during mealtime. Owner/Creator, Staci Ericson, developed Table Manners Cards when her own daughter was very young in an effort to teach these skills in a positive and fun way without nagging. Kids will find the game fun as they work to remember their manners to earn a thumbs up card, while avoiding the thumbs down as they compete to win the Ready To Dine Out award.

Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

Having only been on the market for a few years, Table Manners Cards has been awarded the Dr. Toy 100 Best Products award in 2011, been a Dr. Toy 10 Best Socially Responsible Products winner, was The Next Big Zing winner of the kids' category in 2012, Creative Child Magazine's Product of the Year Award in 2015 and has been endorsed by The International Nanny Association (INA).

My own kids (at 21, 15 & 12) are a little too old to find this game enjoyable enough for sustained play; they thought it fun a time or two but beyond that were bored. But my 7 year old niece, A., really got into it. A. is a little busy body and has trouble sitting still and following directions, especially at the dinner table. But, she loves games and rewards, of course. And with two younger siblings watching her every move, my sister was anxious to give this game a try to set a good foundation with A. for the younger kids to see in order to make mealtimes more enjoyable for the family. Since A. is still a bit unlikely to focus on a future reward (such as the Ready To Dine Out award), the game was adapted to provide a reward immediately after dinner was over, such as a bowl of ice cream or other yummy food item for dessert, or time with Mom and Dad playing one of her favorite board games. She also responds well to sticker chart systems at school, so while providing an immediate reward, a sticker chart is also used with a sticker being added for each meal during which A. exhibits good table manners when prompted by the cards. At the end of the week, her progress is clear to see and positive reinforcement of praise and a fun weekend treat, like going to Dairy Queen for a treat or going to a movie at the theater, is something that she seems better able to work toward. One can develop their own sticker chart system, or download one for free from the Gollygee-pers website.

 

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It can be challenging for parents to find time to give children individual attention. Right now in my sister's household, the Table Manners Game is providing a perfect opportunity to do this as the two younger children are still too young for this game. A. is so enamored with it that she actually requests it almost every evening.

My kids always loved fun little songs when they were little. They listened to songs on CDs and DVDs that taught good habits in the guise of a cartoon over and over and they didn't even realize they were learning! Gollygee-pers offers a few musical selections to help children learn about Quiet Time and why they shouldn't pick their nose in public that I know my kids would've loved. Also, a picture book is on the horizon for the company entitled, If A Very Important Person Invited You To Lunch, so it appears that the product line is continuing to grow.

As I mentioned, my own kids are older and wouldn't benefit from these products themselves, though my nieces and nephews (who visit often) will benefit from the valuable lessons available. But, my oldest daughter is twenty-one and in a serious relationship. I'm looking forward to being a grandmother one day and am already thinking these products would be great to have at my house for when they visit. I love giving unique and fun gifts for birthdays and Christmas (and ones that provide a fun way to learn social skills are a major plus in my book). Personally, this website is bookmarked for future reference so that I can check in from time to time to see what's new.

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Teaching Kids Table Manners One Meal At A Time

Disclaimer: I was provided one set of Table Manners Cards for free to facilitate my review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

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