Talking While Eating
There are important social rules about talking while we are eating.
Eating a meal with family or friends is a nice thing to do. It can be an important social time with lots of talking. We can tell others about things that are happening in our lives. It is also a time when we can tell interesting facts and stories we've learnt. People take turns to speak just like in any other conversation.
There are some special rules about talking while we are eating:
Talking with our mouth full of food is not a polite thing to do.
We should always finish chewing and swallow the food in our mouth before speaking.
Taking small mouthfuls of food can make it easier to quickly join in with a conversation when you want to.
Sometimes people break these rules but we should all try not to
Talking during a meal is a nice thing to do. But, talking with food in our mouth is not OK.
Talking WIth My Mouth Full
Talking with my mouth full is speaking while I am still chewing.
It is OK to talk during a meal. It is not OK to talk while I still have food in my mouth.
When I want to speak it is polite to wait until I have swallowed the food in my mouth. I can then say what I want to say before I take my next mouthful of food.
Talking when there is food in my mouth is not pleasant for other people near me. It is also hard for people to hear me if I talk with food in my mouth. It can also be dangerous for me as I might choke on my food.
Talking with food in my mouth may make adults cross with me.
Talking with food in my mouth is not OK. Talking while eating can be OK as long as I finish chewing before speaking.