10/08/2012 12:06 pm ET

Teaching Table Manners To Your Preschooler

I'd like my preschooler to have better table manners. Where do I start?

Begin with the idea that mealtimes are pleasant and that good behavior makes them more fun for everyone. Talk with your preschooler about the importance of good manners, and encourage him to think of himself as a polite person. Set realistic expectations, then gently reinforce them until they become habit.

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