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Fittingly Mad: Don't Share?

Fittingly Mad: Don't Share?

I have decided that little kids are germ factories disguised as our utterly cute progeny. Our love for them shadows the truth of that fact. Recently, at yet another doctor's appointment, I was told to not share food with my kids as a means of protection, of self preservation through these viral times. Saliva is a major transmitter of germs.

It sounded so logical, so plausible, until I got to the dinner table that night. Do you know how impossible it is to NOT share food with your kids? We are in the "learning how to share" phase of toddler life. Let me tell you it is a long learning process. Since I have to model behavior I really feel like I can't say "No." Especially when I hear the words "bite please mama" come out of my toddler's mouth.

Plus, even though she starts her meal on her own, she eventually climbs onto my lap. She eats from my plate and asks for bites from my fork and she is fast. Sometime she steals a bite off my fork that was actually headed for my mouth.

That was the craziest advice I have ever heard. Urrrggghhh- don't share food with your kids. Urrrggghhh.

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LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
I'm not a mom, but I've got lots of younger cousins, and I have no problem sharing food off my fork to them, I mean what's the difference, my mom shared food with me and I'm healthy as a horse!
scratch5 scratch5 10 years
When I hung out with my nephews and they shared food with my sister I thought it was gross. So much bachwash - I said I am never doing that. But I was so wrong. Mom's water is the best to my kids - don't know why. So they drink my water and eat my food. Sometimes when they are super snotty, I share with them and just stop eating my food. I guess it is a weird diet technique. I have heard that about too sterile environments creating allergies in kids. But I think the issue here is kids giving parents germs, while sharing food.
missnomi missnomi 10 years
it has been said that children that grow up in too sterile, hygienic an environment are more likely to develop allergies.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
that advice sounds ridiculous. about as close as i came to not sharing in the food dept was each of my kids had different color cups (yellow, blue and red). we did it with towels too. it was something that Wac of my children could recognize very early on (before a year old). i'm bringing naughty back :naughty_elves:
rubialala rubialala 10 years
DesignRchic, you are absolutely right. I was a stay at home mom for the first two year of my son's life and he almost never got sick, of course our home was very clean, and we didn't go very many places. Then I started working and he started day care. For awhile he had cold after cold after cold, but now he hasn't had a cold in about a year, because his immune system is so strong.
flutterpie flutterpie 10 years
see i nip that in bud, i always take food of my godsons plate because he eats the good kid food and im stuck with the bland adult food i know he thinks you're fine and stuff but does he know how to wind you up?
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Well said, Sweet Adeline!! FWIW, my experience has been that people who *don't* have children are the only ones who are positively positive that they know exactly how to raise children. :D The rest of us are completely confuzzled.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
Sharing food with toddlers is a given or how else will they learn to try/taste new foods. With a plea such as "bite please mama", you have to do it. As shown in the painting, mothers have always shared with the children: love, kisses, food, milk.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
I read an interesting article this morning in American Scientist, that talked about children who are sheltered from germs and such. They end up with weaker immune systems. So let your kid eat dirt! (just kidding).
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
You vividly remember being 2?
Holly_G Holly_G 10 years
I don't understand, why sharing food with someone else? can't everyone get what they want on their own plate? I may not have kids, but that's the way it was at home when I was a kid, I would eat only from my plate, why go into anyone else's plate???? I think that's a matter of setting boundaries, more than worrying about germs. :-S
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
Personally, I would change doctors. Sounds like someone who has no clue about what's really important in a child's life. I would rather get sick once a month then raise my child in a sterile, no touch zone. :O
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 10 years
Eh, I'm a germaphobe also, but sharing stuff with my neice does not bother me in the least, and it won't bother me when I have kids.
Moni-B Moni-B 10 years
Does your doctor even have kids? If not, s/he obviously doesn't know how hard it is to *not* share food. My niece always wants what my sister is having, always! ~M~
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 10 years
fitsugar, I love your story. I'm not a Mom but, I would definitely share my food with my child. I think it helps both the mom, and childs immune systems...PLUS, how could I say no to my baby/toddler...when their asking for healthy food. But, I wouldn't share food with another child..that wasn't mine because, I wouldn't want either of us to get sick.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
Sharing food with your own child is one thing, but I would never let my son share his food with other people! And I never share drinks with him, only food, because the backwash is just horrid. He has his own cups, water bottles, etc. Taking a bite off of my fork is okay. I don't know how you couldn't share food with your kids. It's just part of being a family. You're all sharing germs anyway, when you wipe their noses, they breathe on you, sneeze on you, touch EVERYTHING in sight!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
ok, fit. now, i want to say that I don't have kids, so you know where this is coming from. When I go to my boyfs house his sister's kids are always sharing food and drinks with people. Sure it's cute...but not when they share with me cause whatever they give back is all slobbery and slimy...and the drink will have all kinds of backwash in it and everyone else doesn't care so I feel bad about it bothering me...I am going to try to not share to begin with if i can with my kids, but I am sure once you have that adorable little thing asking so nicely for a bite or a sip, it is hard not too... I'm all in.
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
lol! wayyyy cute!
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