Do you know how to properly hold chopsticks? In all my years of ordering Chinese or Thai food, I've never learned how to do it. It feels like one of those basic skills I should have, but don't.

Luckily, you can make sure your kids learn how, thanks to a nifty little tool over at Noodles & Company! We went for lunch yesterday, and my boss came back with a pair of chopsticks and something called a "chopstick buddy."

Here's how it works:

You snap the sticks into the grooves, just below the top of the sticks. From there, your kid can easily figure out comfortable hand positioning to grab the noodles, so you can ditch the buddy in the future! Note: do NOT attach it like this:

It's much harder to squeeze the sticks together that way. Learned by trial and error.

This is such a cool tool. With this, kids can try new dishes and not have to worry that they physically won't be able to eat the food. And the best part is, it's free!