We allow eating anywhere on the ground floor. People regularly drink (coffee, water, etc) in the living room.
DD, 8, has spilled drinks at least 5 times in the last week. She has always spilled the appropriate amount for her age, but this is getting to be a bit much. Usually the spill is on the floor, which can be wiped, but sometimes it is on the couch. I think she is simply not as aware of her environment and her cup as she should be.
I do not want her drinking in the living room right now - maybe not for the next few months, until she grows a bit.
The thing is - other people (including myself) do want to drink in the living room, and they rarely spill things. I am drinking a coffee at the computer as I speak.
What to do?