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    Default Teaching child to eat with mouth closed

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    my 5 year old chomps with her mouth wide open and I find it disgusting and such bad table manners. I keep reminding her not to and she will stop for 2 chews then right back to mouth wide open. I'm over it - what can I do to get her to stop this??

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    Subbing as we are in exactly the same position.

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    Keep reminding them.

    Ds1 is now 7 and I only occasionally have to say anything. Ds2 is getting there.

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    I will definitely keep up with the reminding (have been doing this for a long, long time - just stating to feel like it is a waste of time).

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    Age five I wouldn't worry too much, moving food around the mouth and chewing actually helps develop speech.
    Plus that age are usually dealing with loose or lost teeth.
    Maybe just keep politely reminding them that it is good manners to eat with your mouth reasonably closed, and make sure you lead by example.

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    Thanks fiveinthebed, that is reassuring.I always chew with my mouth closed but I tell DD that if she sees me chewing with an open mouth to remind me we eat with closed mouths.
    I don't want to make a huge deal about it but also don't want to ignore it - every time I see an adult chomping with an open mouth I wonder if they did it as kids and just never got pulled up on it...
    Being a worry wart, as always.

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    My kids have been pretty good with the eating with the mouth closed. Now when they need reminding I say..."Ok, pretend you are eating a restaurant, people are watching you with your lovely manners".

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    Actually when I say about the restaurant thing they also automatically straighten their back Role plays is fantastic at this age. Good Luck xo

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    I told them flies would fly in or their food would fall out.

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