Review and Giveaway: Magic Manners at Mealtime

Rocky Stayart from has written an adorable book to help you teach children ages 2-7 their manners. There are so many great features to this book that I just had to show it to you directly. See the video below.

Rocky was kind enough to send me a copy of the book (along with a bonus set of Magic Manners cloth napkins) to give away here on the site*. Isn’t that great? It’s simple to win. Just leave a comment on this post before midnight EST on Friday, October 29, 2010. I’ll pop over to to choose a comment number and that person will be the winner. Easy peasy! And be sure to tell your friends!!

*Psssst! Rocky actually sent me 2 books, and I’m giving away the other one over on the Earnest Parenting Facebook page. So for a second chance to win, stop by there and leave another comment. Same rules and deadlines apply.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents who want to teach manners.

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27 Responses to “Review and Giveaway: Magic Manners at Mealtime”

  1. Stephanie says:

    I was a dolt and posted to another story you had on here (scary a bit that I homeschool I suppose) – either way, I’m here now and hoping to win 🙂

    • Amy LeForge says:

      Steph, you’re not a dolt. 🙂 You’re just faster on the draw than my pathetic YouTube skills. I was trying to upload the video and it sent out an auto-announce to FaceBook before I realized that the sound was terrible and I had to leave. So it was several hours later before I got it right.

  2. Jennifer says:

    YAY!!! I love free gifts!! The book looks great, i’ve never heard of it before!

  3. Jennifer Spiece says:

    I love manners. Now if I could get my boys to think they were great. Does this book have anything about potty talk at the table? LOL

    • Amy LeForge says:

      Jennifer, getting boys past the potty talk stage is probably mainly a matter of time. I’ve noticed that the more boys there are, the longer the phase lasts. Sigh.

  4. My family was very big on table manners. I thought it was quite annoying as a child. I mean, why couldn’t just pick it up?

    After a while, it all beame automatic.

    This is a wonderful way to teach children in a fun way. Thanks for telling us about it, Amy.

    I’m sure your boys have excellent manners.

    • Amy LeForge says:

      Corinne, they do pretty well at the manners. Although I have to say they do have a minor habit of bringing up disgusting topics at the dinner table. I’ve moaned and groaned enough that they’re slowing down on that one, but I have learned that it’s better to let them eat lunch on their own and get it out of their collective system so that dinner can be more pleasant.

  5. Lisa says:

    Hi Amy:

    Great idea — a manners book. I have a teenage son, and I recently bought him a book on manners for older children (i.e. how to be a perfect gentelman). It’s never to early or too late to work on good manners!

  6. Mitch says:

    I never knew what manners were until I went away to prep school and they publically embarrass you into learning them. I’m sure my nephews will love this one.

  7. Bruce says:

    Nice. My Dad sat me beside him and used a ruler to bring my attention to objectionalbe behavior. I used Cotillion for my son. This looks like a great way to bring attention to an important subject.

  8. Kristin says:

    That sounds like a great book! I am just getting started with Cole and his table manners. Thanks for doing this!

  9. Raymond Chua says:

    Nice book. Manners is an important ‘skill’ everybody should learn from young.

  10. David Rogers says:

    Oh to have 2 – 7 year olds again – have to wait for the grandchildren, itself a scary thought! I think the very act of sitting together at a table is the first essential, so often ignored in this TV age.

  11. I love this book. How cool. I hope I win. Great book idea. thanks

  12. Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny says:

    Hi Amy,
    Great job on the video and the give-away! I hope you choose me with your random number drawing. The book looks effective and fun.

  13. Benjamin says:

    Hi Amy,

    My little one would love that… and hopefully it will help me brush up on my own manners as well… 🙂

    If only all paper was laminated…

    keep smiling,


  14. Affiliate Management Maven says:


    I don’t have kids, but I’m big on manners and in today’s society it’s refreshing to see this kind of reminder.


  15. I’m always impressed with adults who understand how to effectively communicate with kids, and teach them stuff – be it in books, in music or in classrooms. I find it difficult to think myself back into a child’s mind and much admire that quality in those who possess or acquire it. So kudos to Rocky Stayart.

  16. Hi Amy,
    Guess i missed the dead line for trying to win the book. Was out of town, visiting Andrew, but it sure sounds like a great book. Maybe I should have one around my house, even though those grand kids seem to be doing pretty good in this department. When my middle daughter was small I always had trouble with her, not wanting to sit at the table. She would stand up to eat. (Guess maybe it went down better that way). Finally gave up even trying to get her to sit. Thank for the info and the video was great.

    • Amy LeForge says:

      Hi Debbie,

      Sorry you missed it! Being out of town visiting family is an excellent reason though. Hey, if standing up to eat kept her at the table then more power to both of you! That’s great. 🙂 Glad you liked the video. It only took about 8 tries this time.

  17. I’m glad I am not the only one that it takes more then 1 try. lol You really made me smile with that one. Sometimes my video camera gets tired of me deleting me, if you know what I mean.

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