My 4 year old is our self appointed manners officer. My 15 year old is awful for eating with mouth open esp if she’s focused on something other than food ( like someone else talking) It turns my stomach. My mum talks when eating. That’s even worse.
We had one of my DS's friends (aged 8) for tea once who ate with his mouth wide open the whole time, despite me (politely) asking him several times to stop doing this - I thought it was just that his parents hadn't taught him any differently!!!
Do you just repeatedly ask him, or are there consequences for constantly 'forgetting'?
It’s not my future. My husband (their father) doesn’t eat with his mouth open, therefore it’s someone else’s future.
On a medical note, those with large adenoids who snore and general struggle to breath through their nose will, I assume, struggle to eat with their mouth closed - what with needing to breath at the same time. I had “enormous” adenoids when I was born and my nasal passages were almost blocked so they were removed. If DC1 has the same thing but less so, it could be the cause.....
You have to tell people why whatever they are specifically doing is grim otherwise they don't think it applies to them. They really don't think what they are doing is annoying to other people.
So so actually have to say " you are eating with your mouth open and a hearing and seeing your food is revolting". Otherwise they think it's not really a problem.
I used to pick my nose and 100% it didn't occur to me that it was upsetting to other people. They used to say " picking your your nose is disgusting " but because they didn't actually address it to me, I didn't think it applied.
Just Vent - so what he can't help it? Is it because he's ...male? Nah. I don't care how patronising it sounds. Without a medical condition he can eat with his mouth closed. Has he got a medical problem?
@iklboo I was REALLY looking forward to Sunday Brunch and feel this will now distract me. Damn! The actual act makes me boak - have one friend's daughter who does it but luckily my DF agrees with me and we chastise her together in solidarity
OP read your first post and was just coming on to say a friend of mine used to literally not be able to breathe with her mouth shut when eating but looks as if you've just thought of this as a possibility. She had surgery.