This week is for those kids who discover playing with their food is far more fun than eating it.
Sure, my daughter has played with her food since she first started eating solids. But, initially, it was exploratory and for the most part, innocent. Sadly, neither I nor she can say that anymore. What's worse is she knows it, and she looks right at me, then does it anyway...sporting a rather large and mischievous smile on her face.
The little imp.
And it's not just the rather harmless items like macaroni and cheese, or squishing green beans. Oh no. For her, it's applesauce, mashed potatoes, spaghetti, pudding, etc. Anything she can squeeze between her little fingers, or use as paint for her arms and legs, she'll do it.
Unfortunately, because I also have to feed an infant, we don't always have our meals together. There are times when I need to be on the couch with my son while my daughter is at the table. Or, I have to be on the phone with a client, or even at my computer working on a deadline. Those times are the worst. I can still see my daughter from my desk, but she knows she doesn't have my undivided attention.
That's when she strikes!
So far, the food has made it everywhere EXCEPT her face or her mouth...at least when she's playing. When she's eating, she does great. And she hasn't yet discovered the "fun" in painting her brother yet. I'm sure it's only a matter of time. Making mental note to keep those two at opposite ends of the table.
Now, if only I could focus her attention long enough to eat then get down, we'd be in good shape. All I can say is...praise God for plastic drop cloths!
Sadly, I don't have a picture this week, as I was too busy cleaning up and bathing above-mentioned toddler to grab my camera and snap a pic. We'll see what next week brings.
How about you? What foods did your child(ren) explore or love to use as paint? And what's your favorite "playing with food" experience. Please share. I'd love to hear about it.
Tune in next week for the next "Monday Mishap with Mom." See you then!
And you can always look at the labels at the bottom of the right column to find "monday mishaps with mom" and read up on any week you've missed. My goal is to encourage mothers who feel a bit frazzled, and to help brighten your day as you start off your week. You're not alone.