There’s not too much my kids and I disagree on. I know I’m lucky that way. But the one thing we do have problems agreeing on is eating hard candy, or anything round for that matter.
When my daughter was little, she had a few choking incidents. Nothing life threatening. She could breath. I know this because she was screaming her head off. But nonetheless, it scared the heebee jeebeeys out of me. (And her!)
She’s in middle school now. And to this day, I panic whenever she eats hard candy, grapes, cough drops, etc., I cut them in half. If we are not at home, anything I deem as a choking hazard, I will take from her, bite it into pieces and give the pieces back to her one at a time.
My worst fear is gum from a gumball machine. Those things are so big! I will immediately snatch it away from her, bite it to pieces. If she’d let me, I would probably chew it for her first. But for reason, beyond me, she frowns on this.
I’m not the only one to panic when it comes to her choking. Her brother, on his own, called 911 when she had a taco shell stuck in her throat. I was busy trying to get her to calm down, and there he was, my superhero, on the phone. He hung up before talking to anyone, but the police came anyway.
I explained the choking situation to the worried police officer and showed him my now calm daughter. All was well. She ended up having ice cream for dinner. I never heard of anyone choking on ice cream before, so I was okay with that.
For the most part, she has stopped asking for the “choking hazards”. I still cut her grapes when I make her lunch. If a teller at a bank, a the receptionist at the doctor’s office ask her if she would like a lollipop, she graciously says “no thank you”. I’m sure she’s really thinking “Heck no lady! And watch my Mom grab it away from me so she can bite it into pieces? In front of everyone? Are you crazy?! No thank you!”