Television, iPads, and phones are sources of entertainment for children while eating, but often become a headache for parents later on. This is a common situation in households with young children. Some mothers opt to let their children watch while eating to finish their meal quickly when they notice their child is not eating.
Knowing this habit is not good for their health, one mother bought a cat to keep her son company. She hoped that her son would be less addicted to his phone and TV.
After experimenting, the mother shared a photo with a “frustrating…yet funny” ending that she captured from a surveillance camera. At that moment, her son was lying obediently on the bed, next to his “four-legged friend,” and together they were watching TV.
A photo of a relaxed little boy next to his pet cat has been circulating on social media. His mother shared that they brought the cat into their home so that her children wouldn’t spend all day glued to the TV screen. However, the reality was different from what she expected, and the boy ended up not playing with the cat. Despite feeling helpless, the mother couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. It’s ironic that after trying to break the TV addiction, she now has to worry about the cat’s well-being. Nevertheless, the little boy now has a new friend to eat, sleep, and watch TV with. The post quickly gained attention on social media, receiving over 26,000 interactions and 16,000 shares. Many people offered advice to the mother on how to fix the situation.
Some internet users humorously shared amusing moments of their pets. Additionally, they kindly expressed sympathy and advice for a mother after the story of her child using a cat to solve laziness was revealed. “Cats are very lazy animals. Yet your sister uses a cat to solve human laziness. Look at those kids, so funny,” one person commented. “This is not the boy forcing the cat to watch TV, but the cat inviting him to watch TV together. Despite sympathizing with the mother, this image is still too cute,” another person left a comment. On VnExpress, Dr. Lã Thị Bưởi, head of Tuna Clinic (Vọng street, Hanoi) cautioned parents not to use videos as a means to stimulate children to eat. To encourage eating, mothers should feed and cuddle their children while talking to them. For example, “Say A please” or “Which is the mouth of the carp?” This helps the child’s language development, and the child can feel the mother’s love. Parents can arrange for the child to sit still during meals, and the feeder should sit opposite the child so that the child can communicate through eye contact and speech.