Its all changed since my day!!

@ruby222 (4848)
July 20, 2008 4:17pm CST
Now some of you may know but ive been at my daughters for the past week,and have helped her look after the children.Its been fun!!but I cant quite get my head around the meal times here..the food is plonked onto the plate and popped in front of the children and they eat what they want and then drop what they want on the floor!!..which has maybe just been cleaned,and bibs seem to have gone out of fashion.Well correct me if im wrong,but surely if a bib is worn and the food is put on the table or the high chair,then there is more chance of it being eaten and less mess altogether...or is this old fashioned?how do you deal with your kids at mealtimes??..they are wonderful kids though !
1 person likes this
4 responses
@GreenMoo (11837)
20 Jul 08
I used to pop my littlest into the high chair, with one of those bibs that caught the bits he dropped. However, he rapidly learnt that throwing his meals to the dogs and cats was great fun, and the animals soon learnt how to attract his attention. So now he sits on my lap, and no stray bits are tolerated!
1 person likes this
@ruby222 (4848)
20 Jul 08
I think that you mean a Tommy Tippy bib..it has a tray at the bottom..well anything beats having to pick the meal up from the floor shortly after it has been placed in front of the diner!!!ive picked up more food from the floor than there is in Sainsburys this week..OK...I know im exagerrating!!
1 person likes this
@ruby222 (4848)
20 Jul 08
exagerrating..one g..two r`s..one R ..two g`s ?
1 person likes this
@GreenMoo (11837)
20 Jul 08
Might it not be easier just to put the kids on the floor with their dinner?
1 person likes this
@p1kef1sh (45696)
20 Jul 08
Ruby. Don't say anything to your daughter! Make it a joke. But yes, I think you are old fashioned thank goodness. Pity more people aren't. We had bibs and high chairs and Clare did too!! In truth I cannot remember mealtimes much from when Clare was little. She's always eaten what she wanted from what we were eating except when she didn't! Now she'd live off pizza and pasta given half a chance. At university she does!
1 person likes this
@ruby222 (4848)
20 Jul 08
Piky..I wouldnt dream of saying anything to her!!shes a wonderful Mum!!im just saying that it seems to make such a lot more work,if you have to keep sweeping it all up lol...we had high chairs and platic bibs,and mealtimes were mealtimes,but we all have to accept things have changed...and as for Uni..lord knows what mine ate when they went off,the only thing im sure of that they were so glad during holidays to have a good feed up!!!
1 person likes this
@p1kef1sh (45696)
20 Jul 08
Of course she is You are her mum! I know just what you mean about cleaning the floor and then having it coated in child food debris. Do you know what age it stops?
1 person likes this
@ruby222 (4848)
21 Jul 08
Mr Ruby has vegetable soup doewn his shirt..got any Vanish oxy under your sink??
1 person likes this
@gemini_rose (16268)
22 Jul 08
Mealtimes at your daughters sound pretty much the same as they do at our house to be honest! Just the difference is that not much seems to be going on the floor now, but that is probably down to the fact that my 16 year old son has been away for the past few days! Yes seriously, I thought it was the little ones that were throwing their food all over the place but since he has not been here there is no food hidden in the toys,no food up the walls etc. None of mine wear bibs anymore, I could just see their faces if I bibbed them up at mealtimes LOL.
@ruby222 (4848)
22 Jul 08
LOL,well hubby wears a napkin of some kind lol as he is a mass food dropper!
@gemini_rose (16268)
24 Jul 08
Xx
@ruby222 (4848)
25 Jul 08
27 Jul 08
The mess that one choccy muffin can make has to be een to be believed,it went from one ened of the room to the other end,and the crumbs were just like sand grains all over the room.I would not have minded so much but my friend did not offer to clean the mess up after her child had eaten it.I saw this as being a bit cheeky,I would always clear up after my child had made a mess in someone elses house,but there is always a way to prevent a lot of the mess in the first place.I always say that a high chair is a good idea.If the child is too big for a high chair then let them sit to the table on a normal chair,with a cushion on it if needs be,then let them eat at the table,it saves a lot of wasted time going around clearing up after them