Mostly, children display amazingly good table manners and etiquette when they are visiting friend's homes.You almost feel like asking the other parent if they are sure it is your child they are praising when they tell you how well mannered he or she is at the dinner table.This seems to be something (mainly boys) just have to do. The children find it amusing that in some cultures burping at the dinner table is a way of showing good table manners and appreciation for the food, but in your country, your culture and in your home it is definitely a no no.Explain to the children, it may be part of the 'Table Manners for Children' rule book in another country, but definitely not part of YOUR 'Table Manners for Children' rule book.
If the parent doesn't follow through with this small but important rule (in your home) feel free to tell the little ones to clean up - after all it's home and you like to keep it clean.I say mostly because some children when they become teenagers think that when they are away from the constraints and watchful eye of parents it is the ideal time to be as bad mannered and anti-social as possible. When ever you receive a good report regarding your child's wonderful table manners. Say, "I am so proud of you, Johnny's mum told me how 'grown up' you behaved at the dinner table. " Table manners for children should just be a normal way of life. Be specific about what impressed you (so that they can repeat the performance).I believe you even served yourself without messing, you were very polite and well mannered, I was pleased to hear you waited until you were offered the food and didn't just grab first like you do here, then you actually waited for everybody to start eating before you started, you even asked to be excused from the table when you finished eating. The fact that your child showed good manners and table etiquette while a guest in someone's home is something to be proud of.By doing this the children learned that table manners and etiquette differed from country to country and different cultures had their own set of etiquette rules. Place serviette on lap when seated, it is good etiquette and useful too 5.You don't have to throw the 'Table Manners for Children' rule book at the children every time you sit down to a meal. Wait for everybody to be seated before starting to eat 6.