Can I admit that this is one of my pet peeves? From a health and a cleanliness perspective I hate to see kids walking around while eating. There’s a time to eat and a time to play. It is not the same time. It drives me crazy. It’s a common occurrence here. I mean, few cases are as egregious as the young boy being served rice IN the pool. With the helper chasing him around holding out the spoon dropping rice as she went. But this drives me crazy. With as easy as it is to choke on food while sitting, why aggravate the situation by having the child walk around?
Solution to the problem: tough love in my very humble opinion. If your child is not inclined to sit down, they are clearly not hungry. When they are hungry, they will sit to eat a meal. I find, with most of these tough-love situations, it takes no more than twice. Once the child realizes you are serious and they won’t eat until the next designated food time (snack or meal depending on the whens), they will sit and eat. I though of this today at the playground. We have been doing Tuesday events at local playgrounds with food. The Beans put food on their plates and immediately sat down to eat. Other kids followed their lead (or have parents like me), but I just found it cute how they sat so properly and cutely to eat their food. And I’m talking like pizza here, not something fancy and plate-necessary. So, I thought about the number of 2 year olds I’ve seen being chased around restaurants and other places with spoons and forks of food.
Happy Seating Arrangements!