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Learning some manners before the big Thanksgiving Dinner

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Posted at 6:00 AM, Nov 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-27 06:01:14-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's the simple things like please and thank you we sometimes forget to say. But who taught you why and how to be polite in public and at the dinner table? The responsibility falls on parents, and with a full plate as it is, sometimes teaching manners isn't top of mind.

Before you sit down for the Holiday meal, this could be a great conversation to have with your kids, how do you behave at the dinner table?

Susan Makai of Susan Makai's personal best teaches kids and adults manners and modeling. Thirty years in the business, she has seen it all, but reminds parents it's important to stay on their kids with teaching them the basic manners.

"We live in a busy world we kind of forget some of the basic things," Makai said. "If you do it enough hopefully it will stick."

The basics at the dinner table, Makai says you should practice this at home:
1. A set table, work from the outside in, the smaller fork is for the salad, bigger fork entree and spoons for soup and dessert.
2. No elbows on the table, you can put your forearms but no elbows
3. Phones do not belong on the table. Put them away because they are distracting and you need to be engaged with the person you are talking to.