January 3, 2012
Mind Your Manners
I hate having to be the Warden of the Table. Inevitably I end up feeling worn out or defeated from having to say, "don't talk with food in your mouth;" "arms off the table;" "chew with your mouth closed."
We started something new that I found on Pinterest and it has given me a newfound freedom at dinner.
This little pig joins our table each night. If I see someone using bad manners, I don't have to say a thing. I simply place the pig in front of that person. Whoever ends up with the pig at the end of dinner has to clean up the whole table.
Needless to say, it has greatly improved our dinner table etiquette. Nobody (including Mom and Dad) wants to end up with the pig. :)
*We did have to set some ground rules, the most important being that only Mom gets to decide who gets the pig, unless she is caught by the others. Needless to say, when we first started, the kids were all too eager to find fault in each other.
We found our pig in the dollar section at Target. See the yellow button on his belly? It makes a grunting sound. Hilariously perfect.
Linking up with A2Z's Tips and At The Picket Fence today!