Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Distraction By Banana

Lately, feeding my child has become very difficult. The reason being that he insists on feeding himself. Now I know that this is a natural and welcome stage of development; however, I have noticed that sometimes he has unreasonable expectations with regard to his self-feeding methods.

For example, today I was attempting to let him feed himself oatmeal. He was just about to shove the spoon of oatmeal into his mouth when he noticed that I was spooning some yogurt into a bowl for my own breakfast. He began vocalizing, loudly, that he would like some yogurt. So I swapped out the bowl of oatmeal for the bowl of yogurt. I don't mind a trade, if that's what it takes.

He was still not satisfied. He wanted BOTH bowls of food on his tray. Though I explained to him that that they would not fit, he kept insisting. So I showed him with tangible evidence that his plan was physically impossible.


Having proved my point, I then I took the oatmeal away. This did not go over well.


In moments of crisis, thinking outside the box can only help. I frantically looked around the kitchen for a solution. I found one in the form of a banana!

Upon being handed a banana, he forgot all about both the oatmeal and the yogurt.



I am now a firm believer in "Distraction by Banana!"

6 comments:

  1. LOL What a funny story. Funny for me maybe not so funny for you. The pictures are great!

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  2. It was one of those moments where it was horribly frustrating at the time. Looking back, it was hilarious.

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  3. I have a no-feeding-yourself-yogurt-rule. It is strictly enforced. The banana, however, is one of those fantastic foods -- in season all year round, relatively clean with a built-in handle, and perfect for subway eating. Nelson has one for each part of his daily commute! Long Live the Banana!

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  4. I, too, was a believer in this rule. Then it all went out the window that morning. I think you have the right idea, though :p

    The banana is so awesome! Particularly for the reasons you listed above. All hail banana!

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  5. Thank you, Minty! You know, it's so funny, I was literally thinking of you when I was writing/editing this story. In my head I was like "Would Mint like this?"

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