>Correcting Manners

>Dear Dr. Rene,

We had a grown-up visitor who taught my daughter to burp at the table. I didn’t like this at all but I didn’t want to be rude so I kept my mouth shut. What is the best way to handle this situation without upsetting anybody?

Sincerely,
Katya, Mother of One

Dear Katya,
I don’t think you would be rude at all saying, “I’m sorry, but that’s not okay at our table.” It’s brief and direct without an upset. If given with a straight face should be enough to curb your guest and send a clear message to your child.
Sincerely,
Dr. Rene
www.askdrrene.com

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