Table manners for teens

January 5, 2012 10:53:40 AM PST
For the 50th anniversary of Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers, Time Out Chicago Kids took a look to see if the rules still applied in today's smartphone society.

Written by Walter Hoving, the former chairman of Tiffany's of New York, the book is a step-by-step introduction to all the basics, from the moment the meal begins to the time it ends.

In addition to the essentials about silverware, service and sociability, it includes many of the fine points, including the correct way to hold a fish fork, or where to place silverware when you're finished eating.

Kids are so used to texting and emailing that they struggle with one-on-one social situations, and fast-food culture has ruined kids' ability to eat at the table. Liz Plosser with Time Out Chicago shares what magazine editors uncovered when it comes to children and table manners.

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General tips:

- Elbows down!

- Don't put too much in your mouth at once; always finish chewing before answering a question

- Spoon your soup away, never towards yourself

- To signify you're done with your plate, place your knife and fork prongs-down next to each other

- Be respectful: Facial expressions, tone of voice and posture say a lot

Now that we've gone through these manners, where can we put them into practice?

At one of these kid-friendly teas:

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