Is Sharing Food With Your Kids Yucky?

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More than two-thirds of moms say they share food and drinks with their kids, according to a recent poll by gypsy_rose in The CafeMom Newcomer's Club. And I do mean sharing in the "swapping spit" kind of way. Using the same fork, biting from the same bun, drinking from the same cup.

I count myself in that group, and am one of the more lenient spit sharers, judging by some of the rules other moms use.

I will ...

-- Allow my kids to use my fork or spoon.

-- Take a bite off of something they just bit, and visa versa.

-- Share bottled water or drinks, though I will conduct a full mouth inspection beforehand to make sure it is free of stray cookie crumbs, bagel blobs, or other visual reminders that backwash is in there. Out of sight, out of mind, is my philosophy.

Other moms' rules ...

-- We share everything except milk, cereal and ice cream.

-- A bite or two to taste, but not actual sharing.

-- Food but not drink I get the heebie-jeebies thinking of backwash. I give her controlled bites or break off pieces of food.

-- I can't stand the thought of drinking someone else's spit. I won't even eat chips from the bag if it's already been opened because someones hand was probably in there.

-- I usually don't share food or drinks with my son. I absolutely HATE when relatives think they can share food with him. Its disgusting.

When you were little, did you share food with your own parents? Do you or would you still do that today?

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