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Giving Wolves Everywhere a Bad Name

By Glinda

The Munchkin recently went out to dinner with his grandparents (my parents) and when they came back, it was remarked upon by my mother than my son resembled a hungry wolf while eating his spaghetti and meatballs.

And here I thought it was a problem confined just to our house. 

Er, at least I guess I was hoping that like many other fairly undesirable behaviors, when out with other people, kids tend to put on their best behavior.

So either my son’s table manners are horrendous, or I am immersed in some very deep waters of denial.

You see, it is true that for some reason, my son will lower his head down to his plate and not so much lift his fork to his mouth, but rather shovel in whatever food he has on there.  He is also a very sloppy eater, leaving a ring of detritus around his plate. He is also not what you would describe as a delicate chewer.

It isn’t very pleasant, really.

I have no idea where he gets this from.

Goodness knows I have called him out on his eating habits many a time.  I tell him to slow down, to lift his fork all the way up to his face, and to be careful with his food.

Glinda, meet brick wall. I have no doubt my admonishments sound exactly like the teacher’s voice in the Peanuts,  “Muwaaaah, wuaaaaah, wuaaaha, wua, muwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.”

Is this a typical 8 year old boy thing?  Or will my son be shunned from dining with people other than his family?  Have people secretly been pointing and laughing at him every time we go out to eat?

In his defense, though, there is NO graceful way to eat spaghetti.

5 Responses to “Giving Wolves Everywhere a Bad Name”

  1. Stephanie Says:

    How does his father eat? My husband wolfs down his food and I’m so afraid Muffin is going to copy him. She’s already a little monster who scarfs it down.

  2. Glinda Says:

    When he’s hungry he can be a bit of a wolfer, but most of the time he is fine.

    Or maybe I’m blind to HIS problem, too after being with him for twenty years.

  3. Awesome Mom Says:

    It is hard at that age to change things although I think it is worth it in the long run. My kids have issue with chewing with their mouths open and it drives me insane. All I can do is ask them to keep it closed over and over again and hope that eventually it will sink in.

  4. Glinda Says:

    I know, right?

    It’s sad that all we can do is hope.

  5. marvel Says:

    As with many small behavior issues, I find that the credible threat of ‘no dessert’ prompts relatively quick correction. With the older one, at least…

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