Monday, December 24, 2007

Teaching Kids How to Eat...

  • Bread and butter. Place a small slice of butter on your bread plate. Break off a bite-size piece of bread, butter it with your butter knife, replace the knife across your bread plate and enjoy your morsel of bread.
  • Soup. Dip your soup spoon away from you and into the opposite side of the bowl. Tipping your bowl to get every drop of soup is usually not okay, nor is wiping your bowl clean with a piece of bread.
  • Salad. Salads should already be in bite-size pieces, but if you're faced with, say, a huge piece of lettuce, it's okay to cut it with your knife and fork.
  • Food that has to be cut. With your fork in your left hand and your knife in your right, cut off one bite-size piece at a time. Depending upon your family's custom, you can either change your fork back to the right hand to eat, or eat with the fork in your left hand and your knife in your right.
  • Finger food. This is a tough one. If you're at a picnic and you're eating messy ribs, you might be tempted to lick your fingers (and you can probably get away with it then). In a more formal setting, finger food might come as bite-size pieces you can pick up with a fork or appetizer pick.