Gum chewing is a big deal at my house right now. My 3-year-old asks for gum a lot. Mostly because he sees me chewing it and it oftentimes looks like candy. Here's the 411 according to dentists:
Son: Can I have some gum please?
Son: I want blue, not pink.
Son: (chew - chew - chew) Can I have a bowl please?
Son: (spits gum in bowl)
I did it all wrong on this front. While he doesn't swallow the gum (a plus), I gave it to him a tad too early so I really emphasized that you spit it out, which is why he wants the bowl. When he spits it out in the bowl, it no longer looks pretty. Thus, he'll ask for a new piece. If you give him a new piece even one time, he'll expect a new piece every time and now you have an expensive gum habit. It's funny, but also completely true!
We don't want the iPad to become our generation's version of the tv tray. That being said, there's something to keeping mealtime and screen time separate. Keep mealtime sacred...it'll prove beneficial in fighting weight gain and obesity.
Registered Dietitian, Austinite, Mom with a 2-yr old, Dog lover