The Pig on the Table: A Humorous Approach to Table Manners

[Editor's Note: The following post is brought to you in honor of National Etiquette Week, May 12-18.] I wanted that dinner table with a hot, healthy meal and a loving family gathered around. My husband would ask grace and then my well-mannered children would pass around the plates of food as we chatted about our day. Yeah, NOT! During one exasperated dinner when my sons repeatedly burped during the prayer and then peas were thrown in protest to somebody chewing with their mouth open, I had had enough!...more
Too cute! When I get onto my boys about not using manners at the table, the 5yo will always say, ...more

That's What Women Are For - To Civilize Men

Corn is flying everywhere as my husband shoves a cob all the way into his you know you are literally eating that like a pig? I do not mean the old cliché, you are eating like a pig. I mean literally - like a hog - on a farm.My husband thinks this is hysterical and starts laughing causing the trajectory of the corn to actually reach my son and me....more

Tips for Teaching Children Table Manners

Table manners are about being kind and considerate to other people. Teaching your children table manners is not always easy, but it is an important skill that will benefit them throughout their lives....more
My grandmother was very formal so we were trained since we were very young the proper use of ...more

My Unmonsterish Halloween - Day 96 of ONE GOOD DEED

  Geez, remember how far in advance you got Halloween costumes when you were little? How many times you tried it on (store bought or handmade) beforehand? And then, the biggest worry of all: Would your parents make you wear a sweater over it? So here was my promise to myself today: to comment on the costume of every kid I saw. I’d already had some practice about six weeks ago, when a little girl came into the store in a Supergirl costume, shiny red skirt and all....more

Importance of Being Earnest...

or at least the importance of using proper table manners as a way to get the date off to a good solid start. I happened to be in Chicago this weekend for a writers workshop at Second City. While I was there I wanted to play around downtown. Shopping and running around the beach are not occasions where a play date is absolutely necessary but for dinner, I require company. ...more