My favorite scene in the movie cheaper by the dozen is the crazy breakfast scene where the missing frog reappears and creates complete mayhem.
This scene reminds me of the continued need for table manner training in my home. And I have some fun simple ideas and games to help you teach manners to your kids
To Play –
If someone breaks a table manner rule that is on the list 2 or 3 of the ones you are working on and another family member squeals on him by saying “Oink, Oink ” the pig is then placed in front of the table manner breakers plate and they are informed as to what manner rule was broken.
Through out the meal the pig will travel to person to person as rules are broken. The last person with the little pig during the diner meal is the Oink , Oink helper of the night and given a kitchen duty such as clearing the table, sweeping the floor etc.
* A variation of the game would be to keep score and wait till the end of the week and decide who is the Oink, Oink helper.
If one of the table guest ( family members) is seen doing a great job on one or more of their table manners they get to put a “X” on that square. The first one to get a bingo wins.
* From moreofamom.com
Table Manner QUIZ – Give a pop quiz to your family members (and Mom and Dad too!) on what kinds of things you should and shouldn’t do at the dinner table. The winner gets to pick who washes the dishes that evening. Click here to get your FREE pop quiz.
Mrs. Manners Says – a Manner variation of Simon says. During dinner or family time Mrs. Manners calls out good or bad manner actions to those playing the game. If it is a good manner the players are to act it out, if it is a bad manner players are to remain still. For example Mr.s Manners calls out “chew with your mouth closed” players all chew with their mouths closed. If Mrs. Manners calls out use your shirt sleeve to wipe your mouth, players are to remain still. If a player makes a mistake and does a bad manner action you can choose to have them sit our the next round of play.
Blunders Game –The game Blunders board game, teaches children table manners, introductions, guest and host skills, not to gossip, to show respect and telephone manners. Designed for ages 5 to 10, it can be played by two or more players. Blunders is available at http://www.blundersmania.com/