Our daughter eats with her fingers. The boys aren’t actually too bad, and she has good days, but, broadly speaking, her dining habits leave a great deal to be desired. This drives my husband bananas. Mealtimes are rendered hideous by his desiring the Princess to use her cutlery (in increasingly cross tones) and her subsequent ire. She firmly believes that attack is the best form of defence.
The other night she had a friend at dinner. A friend who is a full six months older than her. The friend startled us all by eating rice with her fingers (something, even the Princess wouldn’t try). I am hoping that witnessing these exciting table manners will make my loving husband a little less exacting on the whole table manners front. Tell me, do your children use their cutlery?
Beth Fish says
Lately mine eat most things skewered on toothpicks and I consider it a great leap forward.
No. Hugh has got fussier, and one of the reasons is that he hardly ever uses cutlery and he has become more fastidious about getting his fingers sticky. He does at least use a spoon for porridge (he used to try to eat that with his fingers too).
Maybe they’ve seen too many Bollywood films?
Sorry but the answer is yes. Even my our toddler who is 18 months old.
Yes, and ad nauseum, I’m afraid. I bore myself and them, but I can’t bear it. However, they do also get snack meals where fingers are allowed, just to break the tedium.
Ooh, cutlery, a battleground everywhere. Cool. Except in Belgium, ah well, I expect higher gastronomical standards in la Belgique.