Restaurant Etiquette for Tweens and Teens

Behavior and Discipline, Growth and Development
Restaurant Etiquette for Tweens and Teens

Going out to dinner with tweens or teenage children can be a pleasant experience if parents teach them how to behave properly in a restaurant. Children who haven’t been taught manners are likely to make the eating out experience miserable for both their family and others in the restaurant. The following offers ten examples of proper manners and restaurant etiquette.

  1. It’s important to teach children to put away the cellphone while dining at a restaurant. It is rude to text and ignore family members who are sitting at the table. Plus, talking on the cellphone disturbs other guests.
  2. Children must be taught not to chew with their mouths open or talk while they’re eating.
  3. Parents should teach their children to ask for the salt, the bread and other items on the table. It’s rude to reach across someone to get an item.
  4. Teaching children to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when they speak to the server is also very important.
  5. According to the website A Better Child teaching a teenager or tween not to comb his or her hair at the table is a basic lesson in manners. This is not only unsanitary, but it also disturbs other people dining at nearby tables.
  6. Putting chewed gum on a plate at a restaurant is a major example of bad manners. The child should be taught to put the gum in a napkin and dispose of it in the restroom.
  7. Teens and tweens should be taught not to put their elbows on the table while eating.
  8. Talking in a loud voice in a restaurant is bad etiquette. Kids must be told to talk in a normal voice in a restaurant so as not to disturb others.
  9. Teen and tweens should not be allowed to put their feet or legs up on an empty chair or inside a booth. It is both impolite and unsanitary to do so.
  10. If a child drops a napkin on the floor, he or she should be taught to ask for another and not try to retrieve the lost napkin.

Finally, when parents are teaching their children about restaurant etiquette and table manners they should stress the importance of considering not only family members, but others who are in the restaurant. With just a few lessons on manners, parents and children can look forward to dining out together!

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