Table Training Principles

Training and practice moves people toward goals.  Try practicing the following with your children.  Being a role model is very important.  Most of these you probably have heard over and over, but you may not be making them into a habit.

Top Ten Table Training Principles

1.  Practice chewing food well, until it is like an applesauce consistency.

2.  Practice putting down your eating utensils between bites.

3.  Sit straight and 1/2 arm’s length away from the table to allow for “drop space”.

4.  Eat with your less dominant hand.  This trains you to be thoughtful of eating.

5.  Cut food into small pieces so not to put too much in your mouth at one time.

6.  Do not talk with your mouth full.

7.  Try eating with chopsticks.

8.  Participate in pleasant conversation.

9.  Take 20 – 30 minutes to eat, and sit at the table.

10.  Remember to thank God for your food.


Today is Tuesday, January 28th

The topic or question today is:

Have you ever practiced “Enoughness”?

     Several years ago I went on a retreat and I will never forget Sister Dawn.  Sister Dawn spoke on the subject of “enoughness”.  What is enough and what does it mean to you?  Do you have enough shoes, enough clothes, and enough stuff?  When you eat at a restaurant these days, is it enough?  How many gizmos and gadgets do you need, do you have enough?

     When I was young, my sisters and I would get excited, loud and goofy.  My Dad would raise his voice slightly and say ENOUGH!  We knew it was time to stop fooling around.  Enough is a great word with synonyms such as sufficient, ample, and plenty.  Next time you fill your plate, bowl or glass, ask yourself, “Is this enough?”

When you eat, stop and ask yourself, “Is this enough?”  If you keep this word on your lips often, it can change the way you look at many things in life.

Tip or Quote of the Day:

“Enough is as good as a feast”

Take Action today:

  • Practice Enoughness.
  • Stop taking second helpings, one is enough.