Elise is a self feeder and has been for some time, she doesn't use a spoon yet, just her hands (she eats mostly what we eat, just cut into small bite sized pieces), but she is very independent about it and I don't want to discourage her. This has been a surprising Mommy time for me, as I am usually a freak about messes. I guess that I just know that it is helping her develop skills that she needs and I just don't mind the messes as much as I thought I would. (I've also realized that I can handle throw up, if it is my own child's, who knew?)
Anyway, I still struggle with what the appropriate thing to do when we eat out is (and after talking it over with some fellow Moms, I realize that I am not alone). Inevitably about 1/3 of her food ends up in the high chair seat or on the floor. I can clean up the high chair and table, and always do, but what do you do about the mess on the floor? Do you pick it up? Leave it and apologize to your server? Tip extra?
How do you deal with your kids and eating out? And if you don't have kids, but you've ever worked in food service, I'd also love to hear how you would like for parents to deal with the messes?