The trouble with utensils:
And like magic, Tigger started eating with a spoon. I tried, she will NOT eat with a toddler/preschool spoon even if it has fun pictures or shapes or colors....she will however, eat with a regular adult spoon, just like mom.
I've touch on this already, but I now am making sure we eat dinner together. There is one prayer for the food, her chair is up to the table, and we each have the same food. Tigger checks. She cranes her neck like a turtle and makes sure she isn't missing anything that I may have, so I've really been eating my veggies
Remember that old saying that was really hip in the late 90s? WWJD? (What Would Jesus Do?) Well now ask a different question...What Would Tigger Do? Basically she would watch me and do whatever I do, so I really think twice about how I present myself. It's why I do my best not to swear on my blog or in life (although I get a minor fail every so often), it's why I'm trying to look presentable, and it's why the TV and Computer have diminished until late evening. My daughter wants to spend time with me. She now leads me by the hand to show me her latest book that she loves, a game she wants to do, if she wants to go outside, if she wants to rough and tumble, she comes and gets ME, that's ME her MOM. What message is it sending if the TV is on or the computer is on and mom doesn't have time for her? Tigger see, Tigger do...my guess is that soon enough she'll copy me and not have time for me either.
We as parents to young children really are the hero's right now. We really do say it loud with our actions right now. It may be all well and good to talk to our kids when they are older, but I think the reason the saying "actions speak louder than words" is still a wise saying is because that's the foundation. Tigger is looking at my actions as a young 20 month old before being able to process abstract values...it's time friends...time to lead by example and know that it matters.