French Fries – How Do I Eat Them?

There are many foods that present a classic dilemma for diners young and old. The question is, “fork or fingers?” The answer is sometimes definitive – you definitely eat your peas and mashed potatoes with a fork. That’s a no-brainer. But how about french fries? It’s a sometimes fingers/sometimes forks answer: If the food the [...]

Five Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 2

Table Conversation
The art of dining includes several things: the table setting which brings order and beauty, the menu which delights the taste buds, and the conversation that brightens the day! The following tips will help your children learn the art of table conversation.

Talk to people on both sides of you [...]

5 Day Holiday Manners Makeover – Day 1

Monday – Table Manners
Welcome to the “Spruce Up the Manners” – Day One!
Holidays typically mean meals; meals mean table manners.   So let’s begin there:
Practice setting a simple table setting:  fork on the left, knife and spoon on the right (knife next to the plate), [...]

The Etiquette Equation

The kids I talk to ask me if it gets boring writing about manners all the time. If writing about manners really just was about keeping track of a bunch of rules, it really would be pretty boring. But it’s not. I actually write about etiquette. I like to think about etiquette as an equation: [...]

Fork or Fingers? Different Manners for Different Cultures

A few nights ago I was watching an episode of the new HBO series The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.  The stories are set in Botswana. In the episode I watched, Mma Ramotswe, the No. 1 Detective, takes a client from the US out to do some investigation near the Kalahari Desert. Mma Ramotswe and [...]

Text Messaging Anarchy

I love the question, “What are the manners for text messaging?” because it gives me a chance to talk about how manners evolve. We don’t just make them up here at The Emily Post Institute. What we do is consider the medium, think about what’s respectful and considerate, listen to the public, and then articulate [...]

Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids Is Now In Stores

It’s exciting to announce the publication of our latest book for children eight-to-thirteen-years-old: Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids (Collins, May 2009). I wrote it with my sister-in-law, Peggy Post, to let kids know how table manners can be important to them. All the examples will sound familiar to most children:
You’re over at [...]

Do People Expect You to Have Perfect Manners?

At first people do expect us to have perfect manners – whatever that is! If one of us picks up the wrong utensil, everyone at the table gets a big kick out of it. They are not laughing at us. They are just recognizing that we really are human and approachable. Everyone makes mistakes, [...]

Why Do We Learn Table Manners?

Kids ask us this question all the time. They think that a bunch of “stuffy old rules” just make it more difficult to enjoy a good meal. We like to tell them that table manners really aren’t just “stuffy old rules” which have no reason behind them. Every table manner in the book is designed [...]