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Patience, Please

Monday, January 25th, 2010

LilaNov09My 16-month-old daughter, Lila (that sweet-faced little thing at right), has no patience. She gets frustrated really easily. Like right now, she’s starting to use a spoon (which I know we were supposed to introduce months ago), but it’s sort of a disaster. She thinks that when I help her hold it so that the food doesn’t fall right off, I’m actually trying to take her food away. (Please! I know better than that.) So she yanks the spoon away from me, flails around, gets red in the face, and bursts into tears. Lila has a totally different temperament than her 4-year-old sister, so this is unchartered territory for me. I talked to a great behavioral therapist friend, and she gave me an easy tip: Show her the right way to eat, using my own spoon, instead of trying to get in her way. Makes sense. What tricks do you use on your impatient little one?

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