difficult child is an incredibly messy eater. This is one thing his father and I do agree about. Ex will even tell psychiatrists that difficult child still eats like a toddler. I often wonder if it is part of his Sensory thing going on there. If he is on the hyper end of that spectrum wanting to touch, smear, play with, spit out, etc his food??? He will tear a wrapper, paper cup, etc into numerous shreds. He will gargle and spit out liquids. Chewing gum can be a nightmare but I take avoiding yet another meltdown (gum will many times stave off his hunger) over cleaning up yet another mess any day. On another recent thread I mentioned that I always have food with me. I also invested in a shop vacuum because a simple after school snack in the car can leave my vehicle looking like a party of two years olds took place in there.