“Manner Meters,” Ensign, Feb. 1984, 59
A very simple device was a great help in teaching our preschoolers table etiquette and manners. I folded a small piece of cardboard in half and drew a smiley face on one side and a sad face on the other. As the children behaved and displayed proper manners, their “manner meter” displayed its happy side. But if they forgot and held their fork wrong, slouched, or spoke out of turn, their manner meter was turned to the sad side until they corrected their behavior.
We also made manner meters for Mom and Dad, and the children really enjoyed catching us with an elbow on the table or speaking with food in our mouth. This simple sign has made mealtime much more enjoyable for all. Pat Estes, Auburn, Maine