A Hierarchy of When It’s OK to Eat Your Kid’s Leftover Food

updated Jun 7, 2019
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Parents, we’re guessing you’ve all been there. You’ve finished feeding your kids, and now it’s time to make yourself something to eat. But those leftover bits and pieces from your child’s plate are just easier to eat, and somehow that becomes dinner.

Dan Pashman, of WNYC’s The Sporkful, is ready to fess up to snacking on his kids leftovers from dinner, and he’s come up with a hierarchy of what’s okay to eat.

Pashman puts leftovers in this order of most to least acceptable to eat:

  1. Food that’s lying on the table or plate that your kid didn’t touch.
  2. Food that your child touched, but immediately put back down.
  3. Food your child dropped on the floor.
  4. Food that was in your child’s mouth, but fell out onto the plate or floor.

Okay, fess up! Have you ever eaten your kids’ leftover food?