It is quite natural that you want your child to be a little more formal and restrained in other people’s homes than in her own. Most children seem to sense this and will only play contentedly when they are fully comfortable in the unknown environment.
When your youngster is going to visit somebody’s house, remind her about manners but do not recite a long list of things for her to remember, you just need to focus on the most important points.
If your child is going to spend a night, remind her to keep her things together and not scatter them all over the host’s house. Some youngsters do better on this score if you get them excited about the process of packing their own overnight bag, especially, if it is a small one that they can carry themselves. Another point you may wish to emphasize is that your youngster should not display things in else’s house.
For example when she uses a towel, she should put it back on the rack where it was. Your should child learn that it is polite to knock on closed doors before entering, and to wait for an invitation to eat something instead of simply helping herself to food, drink and sweets. And she should certainly remember the magic words that will make her a welcome guest.
Please, thank you, excuse me, good morning and good night are few of those magic words.To help her go smoothly you need a little forethought and preparation. Since your child is bound to be somewhat messy eater, it is probably wise to take her out for lunch, where you do not have to worry about someone else’s plate, cutlery or tablecloth.
Slowly with improving skills and confidence your child will learn all the etiquette. You can slowly set into formal setting such as a family restaurant. Whenever possible plan your restaurant visits at off-peak hours, when the service will likely to be quicker than normal and the personnel more likely to smile at your young one’s mistakes. All these will help her a lot when she is a guest.