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Monday, April 6, 2009

Spooning

#3, I appreciate your effort to develop a new skill.

I am happy that you are beginning to assert your independence, become self reliant, and basically move toward full membership in the toddler community.

I know that you are eager to be like the brothers and I realize that being the master of your own utensils is evidence of that.

But, I must say that your technique is highly flawed and extremely inefficient.

I'm going to go ahead and point out a few of your shortcomings, and make suggestions for improvement in order to get you on a path toward success.

'Cause, guess what, buddy. What you're doin', ain't working.

Let's start with the basics.

First of all, you need to actually use the spoon.
This...


and, this...



don't really count.

And, this...



is not the correct way to hold the spoon, so it doesn't count either.

Also. Once you have the spoon in your hand, the food needs to be in one of two places: your bowl or your mouth.

It generally does not belong here...



or here...


Now that we've got those issues covered let me explain our next steps. Starting tomorrow we will be reverting to the old policy in which I control the spoon myself, and/or throw occasional non-messy finger foods across the counter to you.

We will no longer be participating in any of the following activities: you feeding yourself something wet and/or sticky, you having a spoon of your own which you use as a blocking/jousting tool against my more adept spoon, or you gaining control of the bowl and/or the spoon and then using them for purposes other than what they were initially intended.

We will embark upon the You Feed Yourself Campaign again once your hand eye coordination is more young human and less Young Frankenstein.

Thanks for the effort. Better luck next time.

11 comments:

Tsquared417 said...

So cute! :)

Kathy B! said...

Reading this gives me the inexplicable urge to clean :P

Adorable!

angie said...

But he's so cute with food all over his face! :)

Your slide show of your children is remarkable. LOVE the photos.

I'm so glad that you found me so that I could find you.....just hope I don't disappoint. :)

badmommymoments said...

The spoon is multifaceted..,like the word "to/two/too." Sometimes utensil, sometimes tool, sometimes condiment.

tlc said...

Well, I think he deserves an A for effort. Cute pics!

The Mother said...

I'm a firm believer in the feed themselves theory.

If he gets hungry enough, he'll figure it out.

In the meantime, that's what the dog is for.

joanofalltrades said...

This is funny! I used to dred feeding my nephew because more food would end up on our clothes and his face than in his mouth.

Shelli (wishes she was) Mrs. Burchett;) said...

I vote for a dog cleaning up!

Side note- dogs are GREAT for when a kid decides to puke on the kitchen floor;)

adiaha.com said...

I am in awe. You make cute boys. I make cute girls....we oughtaa..no no no nevermind. Betrothals are barbaric right?

Gibby said...

So cute! I must admit, I don't miss that! Wish we had a dog back then.

lov said...

We will embark upon the You Feed Yourself Campaign again once your hand eye coordination is more young human and less Young Frankenstein.

Thanks for the effort. Better luck next time.


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