5 Places You Shouldn't Let Your Child Eat...

February 23, 2012 by Mom Jeanine
shefinds | Kids


This morning, I did the unthinkable. I let my daughter eat her yogurt on the bus. Normally, I like to give her a snack before we leave home, but there was no time. I was running late, she was not cooperating and I was faced with no other option. She kept bugging me that she was hungry once we got on the bus, so I gave in and let her eat a yogurt.

Now it may not seem like a huge deal to you, but I think we can all agree there are some places kids just shouldn’t eat. For example…

1. On public transportation. Maybe the buses and trains where you live are pristine, but here in NYC they are filthy. And because it’s darn near impossible to keep your kid from touching every disgusting surface on the bus, the last thing you want him/her to do is hold a piece of food because then all that nastiness is going right into your kids mouth.

2. In the car. For one, what the heck are you gonna do if your kid starts choking while you’re driving? Yes, you could pull over but why risk it? Secondly, do you really like pulling french fries from between the seat?

3. In the doctor’s office. Unless, of course, you’re feeding your kid carrot sticks or something. Otherwise, if your pediatrician is anything like mine, he/she will list a million reasons why Pirate’s Booty really isn’t a great snack for a 3-year-old.

4. In a clothing store. Because nothing terrifies a salesperson more than a toddler with a juice box next to a fancy dress. Same goes for expensive shoes and furniture, too!

5. In the bathroom. Maybe this is only my daughter, but when she is eating something particularly delicious, but has to pee, she wants to bring her food in the bathroom with her. Yeah, it’s gross to me, too. But trying pulling an ice cream cone from toddler doing the pee pee dance. I’m more concerned with making sure she doesn’t have an accident than wrangling that cone from her grasp. But it is disgusting, so we’re working on it.

What about you? Any place you simply refuse to let your kid eat? Share in the comments.

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