I was at home with the kid crew last week and in an upstairs bedroom helping Sissy with something when my extra sensory parent ears sounded an alert.
I jumped to attention and listened as I heard the developmental specialist who works with our younger son say,"Hold on Luca. Stop. Daddy will clean that up."
Down the stairs in record time, I arrived to see Luca sitting on the kitchen floor eating a cupcake. White icing was smeared on his shirt and in a few small piles on the tile.
The plastic plate with the cupcakes that was on the table was now upside down on the floor. All cupcakes were lost--victims of the dirty floor.
Well, except for the one that Luca was consuming. He was obviously unconcerned whether his cupcake was edible or not ,despite it going for a roll under the dining room table.
The specialist looked at me and said:
"Sorry. He reached for them and they all fell. I was trying to clean them up when he started eating one."
"Should I stop him?" I thought to myself.
"Can I see any obvious piles of dog hair hanging from it?"
"Does the five second rule apply to cupcakes?"
I looked at Luca and he was lost in dessert merriment.
With no new cupcake to offer (all of them spilled), I decided that trying to take it away from the little boy was going to be a losing battle.
With me being the big loser.
Luca won the day.
I know who was the most disappointed after I cleaned up the mess: our big dog "Yellow Buffalo" who was unfortunately outside at the time the plate of sweets hit the floor; otherwise he would have devoured all of those cupcakes before I Luca or I realized what had happened.
So what do you think?
Should I have taken the dirty cupcake from the kiddo and offered a substitute treat?
Can I avoid the "bad parent" label by using this as a teaching moment and proactively working to explain why one should not consume desserts off of the floor?
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