For the first 6 years of her life—and even now, to some extent—Marianne has found it difficult to remain seated during meals. Exceedingly difficult. Several times I joked that we just need to tie her to the chair since she can’t stay put. One night last summer, there happened to be a stretchy fleece jacket handy while she was dancing around the table, so I had her sit down while I tied it around the chair and her waist. Well that was an insult of the highest degree. She was not happy about it at all. After a few minutes, I released the prisoner and then asked if she thought she could remember to stay in her seat now. She said that she could.
Since Finch also seems prone to wander during mealtimes, Nick asked him if he could stay in his seat. He quickly answered with a serious face and wide eyes, “Yes! I’m not going to get tied in my chair!!”