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I’ll Do It Myself

Grace's favorite saying these days is “No! Gracie do it.”

I want to help, and she doesn't want my help. She doesn't care if she's spilling soup all over the floor or if I could do the task better or easier or faster. She doesn't care if get more food into her belly or more jelly beans into her cup. She wants to do it hersep1180675lf.

“Gracie do it” applies to all sorts of situations – getting dressed, cleaning up, playing, climbing, eating, brushing her teeth, drinking, bathing. I could go on and on; she wants to do everything by herself.

I want to do everything for her.

One of us has to lose. I don't like the idea, but the loser is usually me.

This is the nature's way, isn't it? Babies are supposed to grow up and start doing things for themselves.

I still don't like it.

A few weeks ago, we got a Baby Dipper bowl and spoon. We were hoping it would allow her to learn to use her spoon a little quicker and with less mess.

At first, it was cute that Gracie put bites on her spoon with her fingers. Now, it's messy and slow. (But who am I kidding? It's still cute.) I was hoping the new bowl would help her to get food onto the spoon without an assist from her fingers.

It worked! The Baby Dipper bowl is a triangle, so food gets stuck in the corners, making it easier for a clumsy toddler to get it onto her spoon. The triangle has tall sides, preventing the food from spilling out onto the table, too.

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One day, not too long ago, Joe and Gracie made homemade ice cream by combining milk and sugar and a few other ingredients in a heavy duty zippered bag.  They put the bag into a second zippered bag half full of ice, and they squished and squeezed the bags together for many minutes.

Ice cream is one of those messy foods that I dread Grace feeding herself, but the Baby Dipper made it simple. She was proud of herself; Joe and I were proud of her.

There are lots of products out there that will help your toddler to do it herself. Share your favorites in the comments, and stop by Feels like Home Recommends for more information and a Baby Dipper giveaway.

(In case you're wondering, no one asked me any questions about feeding toddlers, so I moved on to a new topic instead.)

Gracie do it.

Grace's Kitchen Friends

Please join in Grace's Kitchen Friends! To play along, all you have to do is fill out Mr. Linky below. (If Mr. Linky isn't there, leave your link in the comments.) You can link up any post that talks about kids and food:

  • feeding kids
  • cooking with kids
  • play with food or play kitchens
  • crafts with or about food
  • and probably a lot of other kids and food things I can't think of now.

I'm easy like that, Dear Reader. The only thing I ask is that you link back here to Grace's Kitchen Friends in your post. I can't wait to see what your kids are doing!

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13 thoughts on “I’ll Do It Myself”

  1. I let my kids frost & decorate their own sugar cookies. They started doing this at an early age, around 3 yrs. old. I fill up 5 margarine containers with homemade glaze (pow. sugar, milk & vanilla), each one a different color, using food coloring. Give each kid an oversized kid’s paintbrush, some fun sprinkles & they would go to town. A little messy, so I put down newspaper first. They put their final creations on cooling racks. To this day, they still talk about how much fun it was (they’re teenagers now 🙂

  2. I let my kids frost & decorate their own sugar cookies. They started doing this at an early age, around 3 yrs. old. I fill up 5 margarine containers with homemade glaze (pow. sugar, milk & vanilla), each one a different color, using food coloring. Give each kid an oversized kid’s paintbrush, some fun sprinkles & they would go to town. A little messy, so I put down newspaper first. They put their final creations on cooling racks. To this day, they still talk about how much fun it was (they’re teenagers now 🙂

  3. You can tell a lot about a kid by watching them eat. I have seen kids who are very cautious and deliberate and some who dive in with both hands—says a lot about their personality.

    http://www.motivatedmama.net

    Ali’s last blog post..Accepting the World as It Is.

  4. Pingback: Zen and the Art of Eating Ice Cream: A lesson in mindfulness from my son. | Motivated Mama
  5. Yeah, I’m a little scared about letting LB do stuff by herself that is messy. Fortunately, we haven’t gotten into that “do it myself” stage yet. I hate the messes because it’s more work for me, but I know she needs to develop those skills. Ugh. More self denial for the good of my child. 🙂

    Heather @ Not a DIY Life’s last blog post..Rainy Day Play

  6. Yeah, I’m a little scared about letting LB do stuff by herself that is messy. Fortunately, we haven’t gotten into that “do it myself” stage yet. I hate the messes because it’s more work for me, but I know she needs to develop those skills. Ugh. More self denial for the good of my child. 🙂

    Heather @ Not a DIY Life’s last blog post..Rainy Day Play

  7. You can tell a lot about a kid by watching them eat. I have seen kids who are very cautious and deliberate and some who dive in with both hands—says a lot about their personality.

    http://www.motivatedmama.net

    Ali’s last blog post..Accepting the World as It Is.

  8. I had no idea you could make ice-cream that way.

    Cute bowl. Don’t you love the ‘i do it’ phase.

    * TONYA *’s last blog post..12- STEP PROGRAM

  9. I had no idea you could make ice-cream that way.

    Cute bowl. Don’t you love the ‘i do it’ phase.

    * TONYA *’s last blog post..12- STEP PROGRAM

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