People tell me to look on the bright side, to see the positives. Post pone the natural response and look deeper.
So, when I found my 3 year old turning the banana I just gave him into a creamy, mashed mess, I took a deep breath, counted to ten and decided I’d give it a go.
- Tactile learning – it was definitely a hands-on experience, so call it Homeschooling. Self-directed even. That’s a bonus.
- Healthy Hand-eye coordination practice.
- Empathizing with his infant sibling who’s stuck with pureed entrees
- Guess he qualifies as a modeling learner who’s been observing the feeding of above mentioned sibling
- Mashed banana is sweeter, so he’s learning the art of natural sweetening
- Not going hungry if he’s that willing to play with his food, especially a food that has got to be one of his favorites. That boy can eat three or four in a day and still be begging for more. Perhaps for a moment he actually hit a satiation point. There’s hope!
- Willing to explore new things, or old things in new ways
- It’s self-play! He’s entertaining himself without beating on others or electronic devices (and this kid loves electronic devices)
- He ate it all – every single bite without any prompting
The up side of the used plate thrown back in the kitchen cupboard with the clean ones?
Um… I’m gonna have to get back to you on that one.