Children need rules. Anyone who is actively involved in raising children realizes this fact. Whenever we are at an event or gathering I can almost immediately tell the people who do not have children. They are the people who have no qualms about serving children chocolate cake slathered in icing or cherry drinks to eat in the living room. You only have to try scrubbing either of these out of upholstery fabric on time to know that it is a bad idea. Children and upholstery are a tough combination. My children know that we eat at the dining room table or in the kitchen. We don't have drinks in the living room because it never ends well.