3 reasons to NOT encourage your child to always DIVIDE what he is eating
It may initially seem selfish, but you will understand perfectly, as you read this article through to the end, why it is not always a good idea to encourage your child to share his snack with colleagues and friends.
1. Some colleague may have food restrictions
Once when a youngest was in his first year, he shared his lunch with a classmate without knowing that he had lactose intolerance. This kindly attitude made his friend suffer.
Not every child with food restrictions can say “no” to a delicious piece of cake or any food she can not ingest. And in a class of 30 students, not even the teacher – no matter how much she has been warned – can prevent an “accident” from happening.
So, the best thing to do is let the parents themselves send what the child can eat.
2. The child can have a healthier diet
I recently witnessed an interesting episode. A beautiful little girl ate, happy, her wafer close to an 8-month-old baby. Innocently, she ran to her mother and grabbed a cracker and handed it to the baby. Her grandmother, who was holding the baby in her lap, looked at the baby’s mother, who was just ahead. The mother only confirmed what her grandmother already knew, which was not to let the baby eat.
There are mothers who give everything to their children from very early on. Others prefer to give only healthy food for at least the first two years of life. By encouraging our children to share the treats they eat, we may be creating a discomfort because the child will be frustrated that they can not eat, and the mother may be upset to see her son’s sadness.
3. Some diseases can be contracted in the sharing of some foods
Children do not have much hygiene. They share glasses, bottles and straws. Unfortunately, there are children who can not share objects. Several diseases can be transmitted in this practice, such as influenza and other respiratory diseases, tonsillitis, herpes, hepatitis A etc.
It is right and beautiful to teach the children to share what they are eating, SINCE some important guidelines are given. Teaching the things below can prevent a bad and even fatal event from happening. Therefore, direct your child to:
Ask the child’s teacher or mother if she can eat that food before she even offers it.
Do not share your food (liquid and solid) if it is sick.
Never let another child drink in your glass or bottle.
Do not let another child bite your toast or cake. You better cut or tear off a piece and give it to him.
Encourage your child not to drink in the cup of others or directly bite the food of others, even if none of them has any transmissible disease.
If he feels intimidated by his classmates to share the food, he must warn both the teacher and you.
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