My 12yo son loves Ramen Noodles, and although I don't like him to eat them very often, he does. Always with chopsticks.
I don't offer them to him, although I buy them because he requests them. He eats them mainly for an after school snack. So even though I would rather him eat some fresh fruits or vegetables for an after school snack (yeah, right. who am I kidding?) I figure the noodles are better than candy, chips, cakes, cupcakes. Right? Someone please agree with me here, okay?
I have a friend with 3 children (all under age 10). She does not allow them to eat Ramen Noodles. Not because they are high in sodium. Not because they really have no nutritional value. But because of the mess.
Hugh? Yep, she has mentioned several times that EVERYTIME she gives in to her children's pleadings, buys them, serves them up, at least ONE of them spills them and "it's a real bitch to clean up off the carpet".
I stopped by that friends' house last week and I realized why she feels the way she feels. Her husband, her children and herself live with a relative due to husband being out of work. As soon as I walked in, I understood where she was coming from.
The house is an older small 2 bedroom house. Very cute house....but small for 3 children and 3 adults. The kitchen is small. NO ROOM FOR A TABLE OF ANY KIND.
The living room is a good size living room. When these homes were built it was intended for the living room to be a living room/dining room combo. BUT when there are this many people living in such confined areas, something has to give. In this case it was the dining table.
My friend sits her children on the floor to eat. Possibly at the coffee table. And although they all eat together, I now understand why serving Ramen Noodles to a 4 & 5 year old is not allowed!
How many of you have a table, and insist on everyone sitting down at the same time for dinner at the table?
How many of you have a table and rarely sit down as a family to it? (That would be my family by the way, due to circumstance beyond my control. Hubby never gets home the same time. It could be as late as 10pm when he gets home. I won't make my son wait that late to eat.)
How many of you don't have a table at all, like my friend?
It's really bothering me that my friend doesn't have a table for her children to sit at. When both my boys were younger, the majority of the time I sat at the table with them at dinner whether my husband was home yet or not.
I have a table and 4 chairs I would give her, but where to put it? She may even have a table in storage of her own, but due to space keeps it there.
Tell me how important it is to you, what's your routine in your home.