How old do they have to be for the Yuck factor to become a factor? What I mean is, when will my daughter stop putting things in her mouth that she finds on the floor? You know, the food she drops that is then covered in dog hair or other random dirt particles from the floor (especially considering I had major surgery less than 2 weeks ago and am not cleaning my floor right now!).
I'm also curious about this because DH and I are both pretty major germ-a-phobes and don't want our kids sharing germs with the whole world. Unfortunately, our families aren't getting the hint. I had to yell at my own mother to stop trying to feed her off her plate with her fork and DH had to get on to FIL while I was in the hospital because he was about to feed Lyla the left over, melted ice cream at the bottom of his bowl after he'd finished eating the actual ice cream. I want for her to get to where she realizes that it's gross to randomly share food and drinks with everyone. It grosses me out BIG TIME!
So far my 7 year old is not daunted by gross, though he's less like than the 4 year old to eat something that fell on the floor.
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Yeah I'm like that too...if I don't catch him in time then I don't make a big deal but if not I emphasize that it's garbage now. I'm a germaphobe big time so I guess it just depends on the kid. My neice is six and so far hasn't stopped with the eew factor.
Case in point: Earlier I gave Lyla some dry cheerios to munch on. Naturally, she threw most of them on the floor then, she stepped on one and it stuck to the bottom of her foot. She plucked it off the BOTTOM of her foot and ate it! N.A.S.T.Y!!
Erin, She has 2 germ-a-phobic parents. I sure hope she gets at least some of that! And MIL gets fever blisters and is not very cognizant of spreading the disease. I'd rather my kids not have to deal with that nuisance, not to mention it's potentially deadly for a child under age one to get it.
Yep, 6.5 year old here still hasn't hit the ewww factor himself. Though he thinks its gross when he seeing Odin doing it but doesn't bat an eye when he does something like that himself.
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Maybe never. My MIL delights in trying everyone's food and drinks when we go out to eat. "Oooo, what's that? That looks good!" Then she'll sip your drink or take a bite. She has to try EVERYTHING that is a "new" dish or drink that she hasn't had before. I HATE IT. I think she's noticed I don't like swaping spit with her, but she especially does it to the kids and inwardly I am going "Ick! Ick! Ick!"
DD1 is 4, and I have to force her to wash her hands. And has no qualms about eating off the floor. Sometimes when she's pretending to be a dog she does it on purpose.
DH and I are both moderate germ-a-phobes, too.
I am a germ-a-phobe as well, DH not so much. Sharing food/drinks with people depends though some people i don't mind, others i find it gross. Anyways, Lucas doesn't seem to care either, if he eats something off the floor and it has hair on it he does make a face and spit it out, but i don't think he gets the ick factor. Some people never care
I think it depends on the person. Isabelle will eat stuff off the floor and to be honest, it doesn't bother me unless I have seen the cat lick it-then I will make sure I grab it before she does. I view it as building her immunity, lol! My DH is much more germ-a-phobic about that and wouldn't let her eat off the floor at all if he sees it. Sharing food with DD or with my DH or him with her doesn't gross me out. In fact a lot of times she will refuse to eat unless it is food from my plate and offered with my fork, even if she has the same thing in her bowl. However I think it would gross me out if it was anyone else sharing with her. Since you and your DH are similar, I would say the odds are in your favor that Lyla will eventually think stuff like that is gross but it might take a few years to get there.
When I worked school aged childcare at least 80% of the middle schoolers would eat stuff off the floor. Mind you the floor of a childcare center! While it got swept multiple times a day and mopped every night, it was super gross IMO by lunch time. The cafe area was also the art area! And these 12 year olds would eat off of it.
I'm not a major germaphobe and DH definitely isn't. We'll share food at like at a restaurant (we'll each eat half of a meal and then switch sometimes), but we refuse to share food with other people other than Aiden. Eating off the floor? Will. Not. Do. Eating off of the table? Will. Not. Do. Even Aiden gets a plate every single time. Maybe we're weird half way germaphobes? lol