My two-year-old talks a lot, and is quite vocal at the table about what he likes, and doesn’t like. “No, I don’t like peas,” for example. He’s a good eater, otherwise. We are going to be visiting friends for a few days and I’m worried they will disapprove of our letting him choose or think he is rude. Should I warn them or try to force him to eat things he doesn’t like?
Aren’t you fortunate that he can communicate so clearly! Instead of warning them, take things you know he will eat, in the rare event that they are serving only foods he doesn’t like. He’s not throwing food on the floor or having a meltdown, he’s simply letting you know that some foods aren’t his thing right now. Even two-year-olds deserve to have their opinions respected. This is not embarrassing, and certainly is not rude! He is, after all, two years old!
Some new friends invited us to their home for dinner. I didn’t know they had cats, which they do, and I had to leave before dinner because I am so allergic that my eyes swell shut and I can’t breathe. I feel terrible that this happened and they understandably were angry. What should I have done?