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Manners Do Matter

When is it important to use proper table manners? Always! Proper table manners have a place at the table, no matter where you are, who you are, or who you are with. Manners help us make a good impression and give confidence in social settings. Manners also help us show respect and courtesy to those around us.  Whether we are with family or friends, table manners help us create a pleasing environment at both formal and informal meals.

4-H provides opportunities for youth to learn the proper way to set the table and practice table manners. This summer youth who participated in the virtual Cloverbud Adventure: Exploring 4-H camp, took part in the “how to set your table” challenge. This activity not only taught them how to set an informal place setting, it also encouraged them to use their helpful hands to set their dinner table and eat together as a family.  Florida 4-H youth have a number of ways to learn and practice their table setting and etiquette. Extension agents provide educational opportunities throughout the year for youth to learn these important life long skills. Additionally, parents who model and have expectations of using manners at the table help their children to be ground in these important social skills. To learn more, or to refresh your knowledge of proper table setting and manners, click HERE.

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