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To think children should put clothes on at the table?

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MummyDoIt Wed 12-Aug-09 16:05:25

Summer holidays, fine days (if we're lucky!) so lots of children running round gardens naked. No problem with that. So why do I cringe when I see the same children sitting down naked at the table to eat? I'm trying to rationalise it as a safety thing - the risk of hot food falling on exposed, naked skin. Or even a hygiene thing - small children (especially boys) touching their privates then touching food. Basically, though, I just don't like it!

Feel free to flame me. I know I ABU, each to their own and all that. Can't help it, though. It always makes me cringe.

wilkos Wed 12-Aug-09 16:08:08

not even pants??? shock

MrsBadger Wed 12-Aug-09 16:08:18

pants yes

vests unneccessary IMO

KingRolo Wed 12-Aug-09 16:08:34

You are not being unreasonable to want people to wear clothes at your own table but what others do in their own homes is entirely up to them.

I don't have a problem with it myself.

MummyDoIt Wed 12-Aug-09 16:08:52

Absolutely naked. No pants. Not a stitch.

KingRolo Wed 12-Aug-09 16:09:12

Though I probably would insist on pants. grin

MovingOutOfBlighty Wed 12-Aug-09 16:09:19

Oh dear. I do this.

(by that I mean I let my dcs sit at the table on lovely days totally starkers. Not me. blush That really would put people off their tapicoa pudding.

Wouldn't let them do it at someone elses house though.

Doodle2u Wed 12-Aug-09 16:10:17

I'm with you and I couldn't care less if it's unreasonable or not. It just seems wrong.

Children should be dressed to sit down for a meal unless it's a picnic or outside on a bench or summat.

Dunno why!

wilkos Wed 12-Aug-09 16:10:39

no pants is absolutely gross. sitting on any furniture with no pants is gross, let alone at the dinner table.

so yanbu

with pants, not so bad. as kingrolo says, each to their own

LadyGlencoraPalliser Wed 12-Aug-09 16:12:19

No I disagree totally. They should not put clothes on at table, but before they reach it. grin

TrinityRhinoIsInDetention Wed 12-Aug-09 16:15:20

lol wouldn'tbother me in the slightest in my home
would be pants and top at least at other peoples houses

MummyDoIt Wed 12-Aug-09 16:15:30

Agree Wilkos. I really dislike sitting anywhere that naked children have been sitting, especially young ones who may not have quite mastered the art of wiping.

toobusytothink Wed 12-Aug-09 16:17:50

oh let them be naked. Saves on washing!!!

PeachyLaPeche Wed 12-Aug-09 16:19:41

Forget the kids, fiorst time I met FIL he had nowt on when he stoofd up from table bat fishnet briefs


Thanks for forcing me to remember wink

TBH DS3 is spending a lot of his time naked atm, there are special circumstances (he's an ASD kid of the stripper variant) but I did think eek when my neighbour waved through the window at me today and I relaised ds3 was sat there buck naked playing his DS

GibbonInARibbon Wed 12-Aug-09 16:21:00

There is not long in life when one can cast off ones clothes in gay abandon without shame.

I vote let them eat/drink/run/laugh/play pantless if they please.

teamcullen Wed 12-Aug-09 16:21:04

I would rather them sit at the table naked than be running round the garden.

You dont know what perv might be watching them.

ShauntheSheep Wed 12-Aug-09 16:21:19

Cant see the problem tbh as long as they washed their hands before eating. But then each to their own. My house my rules Other peoples houses their rules.

KingRolo Wed 12-Aug-09 16:24:09

Yes, there are perverts on every corner.

CMOTdibbler Wed 12-Aug-09 16:26:25

If they are little, then no problem in their own house imo.

Other peoples houses - pants are probably enough

wonderingwondering Wed 12-Aug-09 16:27:26

I think it is about manners - eating at the table is a social/formal activity and children need to recognise that from early on, running round the garden, pantless or otherwise, is different.

twopeople Wed 12-Aug-09 16:28:08

Message withdrawn

GibbonInARibbon Wed 12-Aug-09 16:34:23

My DD is not yet 3 would not take her clothes off around someone elses house. She knows not to talk with her mouth full (knowing and doing 2 different things but hey) and she always ask if she can leave the table.

But if she has been running around in the garden and comes in for a snack, would I make her get dressed for a drink and an apple? No.

Tamarto Wed 12-Aug-09 16:38:11

'Agree Wilkos. I really dislike sitting anywhere that naked children have been sitting,'

I hope you don't sit on anyones elses sofa then, incase they have been shagging on it. Or is that ok?wink

Saxonne Wed 12-Aug-09 16:40:01

If it is warm enough to be naked in the garden, why not let them eat in the garden too, sitting on a beach towel or rug on the grass? More fun for them and less food mess in the house.

MummyDoIt Wed 12-Aug-09 16:41:34

Eugh, Tamarto. I'd never thought of that!

It's specifically small children's naked bottoms, though. Stems from encountering skid marks on the sofa after one of aforementioned naked children had been sitting on it.

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