In Colonial Times all of the manners/rules for children were learned from books. There were lots of rules you had to follow . Here are some of them: "Never sit in the presences of thy parents without bidding tho no stranger be present." "Never speak to thy parents without some form of respect such as Madam, Sir ect." "Sing not, hum not, wriggle not." Make not a noise with thy tongue, lips, or breath.
People didn't use the same things as we do to eat. They only had knives, and spoons. Most people ate with their hands though. Also children had to share a wooden square for a plate. As you can see it is much more fun for children at the table today then it was in Colonial Times.