Do you know how to set a table properly? If you have children, do they know how to do this? Have you taken the time to teach this skill to your child/children? This is a basic skill that we all sometimes take for granted. Our child/children are old enough at age three to four to start learning the basics of setting a table.
The basic rule in etiquette is to be gracious and respectful. If I am a guest in a home and unconsciously notice that the table is set incorrectly, obviously the gracious thing to do is to do or say nothing. It’s just like the dentist meeting someone and noticing their teeth or the landscaper noticing a yard that’s unattended. It’s not a conscious thing they are doing. That’s their business. Since I teach dining skills, I do notice the table setting. It’s just an automatic thing. I am never judging the person at all. I would never say or do anything in this situation. The last thing I would want to do is insult my host. Remember having etiquette is about being respectful.
Teaching your children how to set the table is a great lesson and can be a fun one. This is a skill I teach in my classes, and the children really enjoy learning this.
Questions or comments are always appreciated.