Etiquette Boss: Etiquette for Children

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Table Napkin Etiquette

Do your children automatically reach for the table napkin when seated at a restaurant or dining table? They can be commended for this practice, but they should also be told that if they are invited to dinner, they should wait until the hostess takes her napkin from the table, as this indicates the start of the meal, and when she replaces it, the meal is officially over. (The hostess should ensure her guests are finished before replacing her napkin.)

They should also be aware that napkins come in two sizes. The lunch napkin is opened fully on the lap, but this is done discreetly under the table, not opened or shaken over the food. The larger napkin is a dinner napkin, which is folded before placing on the lap, with the folded side turned toward the child’s body.

The difference is napkin size is due to dinner being traditionally a multi-course meal, where more napkin space might be needed to facilitate patting the lips compared to a one or two course lunch meal.

Demonstrate the correct manner of lifting the napkin with thumb over, and forefinger under the napkin, where patting is done with the forefinger before being released back to the lap. Of course, your ambassador-in-training would never wipe the lips as if the napkin were a washcloth.



Clear ashy knees and elbows after a long winter

The extremes of cold and heat take their toll on our bodies to such an extent that we realize the need for a little extra work to make them ready for public viewing during the summer.

Here are some methods we can try at home to clear our knees and elbows.

Mix one teaspoon of coconut oil with ½ teaspoon of lime juice. Rub on knees and elbows, wrap with a warm towel and leave for 15 minutes. Soak the towel in hot water and rub vigorously.

Mix one teaspoon turmeric with one teaspoon olive oil and a dash of sugar. Rub in circular motions, rinse and apply a moisturizer after drying.

Phillipa Morrish is the president of Etiquette Training International.

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