What about table man­ners?

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FUSSY eaters should be al­lowed to play with their food to make meal­times more re­laxed, says the lat­est NHS guid­ance. Ex­cuse me while I seethe with fury. Yes, meal­times can be a bat­tle with chil­dren but let­ting them eat yo­gurt with their fin­gers is not the way for­ward. When do you call a halt to them hang­ing onion rings on their ears? When they’re 18?

Mean­while what hap­pened to table man­ners, how to use a knife and fork, pass­ing food to oth­ers, not putting your el­bows on the table, eat­ing with your mouth closed, etc? Meals are not just about get­ting food down your gul­let, they’re about so­cial in­ter­ac­tion and not eat­ing in such a way as to dis­gust oth­ers.

So, rather than al­low­ing chil­dren to play with their food, I very much be­lieve we should tell them, nicely, not to.

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