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!"


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

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

  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!

  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!

  5. Fabulous picture story!

  6. 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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