Young but polite!

For the kids

Here is some information about the everyday eating utensils. I hope you will appreciate the long road that the knives and forks have traveled to make it to your table. They traveled through time to be at your service! That must be why we say table “service”!

The history of the fork

  • Egyptians used it to cook
  • Italians of the 11th century used it to eat spaghettis.
  • Henry III introduced it to the Cour de France around 1574.
  • It was placed on the left of the plate but no one was using it.
  • They were eating with their fingers or straight from the knives.
  • It’s only in the 17th century that the fork started being used like today.

The history of the knife

  • Cavemen used it to prick the meat (raw or cooked).
  • Like the sword, the knife was placed on the right side of the table.
  • Putting the cutting edge inward meant that we were friends with the person sitting to our right.
  • Edge outwards, you could cut his head off without warning.

Hey kids! Here is a reminder of what you should be able to do by now.

6 to 9 years old

  • Learn to say hello and goodbye to people I know;
  • Automatically say I am sorry if I hurt someone or if I made a mistake;
  • Look at people in the eyes when I talk to them;
  • Wait to be invited before entering someone’s house or going in his backyard;
  • Don’t ask juice to the neighbours, water will be enough;
  • Carry someone’s bags to help him out;
  • Take your shoes off when entering your home or someone else’s;
  • Stay at the table or ask to be excused before leaving;
  • Use your eating utensils and your napkin the right way;
  • Pass the plates from the left;
  • Pass the salt and pepper at the same time (they always travel together).

If I know what to do and how to do it, people will trust me!

I also take care of my personal hygiene

  • Hand washing before and after meals;
  • Brushing my teeth (morning and evening);
  • Washing and combing my hair;
  • Keeping my clothes, my socks and my shoes clean;
  • Hats and caps: never inside!

If I smell good, I will have more friends and I will be proud of myself!


I understand that many other children and, of course, my parents must follow the same rules. If they can do it, I can do it too!

Sandra Paré
Public relations and protocol specialist

President of a public relations firm for over 20 years, Sandra Paré is well known in our communications and public relations community. Whether it is for protocol, public, mundane or artistic events, press relations, artistic or cultural promotion or general communication, her specialized expertise is well established.  She is also a lecturer. As such, she gives workshop-conferences in schools (elementary schools and high schools) and in public libraries on various topics such as good manners, decency, politeness and family, school and society dos and don’ts. She wrote two books on the subject.  Savoir-vivre pour les filles c’est facile! Etiquette guide for girls Savoir-vivre pour les garçons c’est facile! Etiquette guide for boys Éditions La Semaine 2011 ISBN: 9782923771434 (girls) ISBN: 9782923771519 (boys) $17.95

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