Ask Honey: Is It Okay to Expect Table Manners From Friends' Children

Dear Honey, Is it okay to expect good manners at my dinner table from children of friends? My children know how to behave but sometimes children of friends behave terribly at my dinner table can I say something or do I have to bite my tongue?


Dear Questioning Gramma,

Yes, you can expect good manners. These children are guests in your home and you can teach them kindly about the importance of good manners. You will be doing them a favor. If the children’s parents are at the table, I would advise saying nothing.