Mmmmm....one of my most favorite pleasures in life is food....
I attribute this to my mother, who is a fantastic natural chef; constantly whipping up delicious, beautiful, and thoughtful dishes...
It seems that our entire family revolves around food!
When W turned 6 months, we all watched with anticipation as he took his first bite of a steamed sweet potato wedge...kind of anti climactic, as it rolled out of his little mouth not a second later!
W has never had a *huge* interest in solid foods.
He really "holds out" for nursing sessions, and I am happy to oblige.
Just in the past few weeks, he has started to come around to the thought of food. (he is presently 15 months old.)
His time in the high chair or on my lap is beginning to become more like a "real" meal time, instead of a food fight!
From the beginning, I wanted mealtime and food in general to be an enjoyable experience.
When he throws food, I try not to react one way or another. Some members of my family think this is insane....I think it is a part of him examining what is put in front of him. I don't think a 15 month old throwing his food is "wrong"!
nice gash on the forehead, huh? ahh..the joys of walking and running!
....taken immediately after a spoonful of oatmeal was flung across the table...
When he reaches for a bowl of food, I let him stick his hands in and mush everything around! What a tactile experience! Again, my family thinks this is ridiculous, but....hey! That's what a warm washcloth is for at the end of a meal!
Before you start assuming I'm down for letting my kids do *anything they want*, let me assure you that they will learn table manners...eventually. I am simply letting W enjoy this time of exploration! Would he "know" that throwing food is wrong? I don't believe so. Steiner asserts that children don't *truly* know the difference between "right and wrong" before the age of 5. Of course, our children know what we, as parents, tell them is right and wrong...but to intrinsically know the difference? That is a developmental milestone! And like everything else....we will wait and gently guide.
We always light a mealtime candle before we sit down (lately, it has been lanterns we had made for Martinmas...I'm in love with the soft light!)
Soft music is sometimes in the background (seasonal songs), but most of the time, I prefer the uninterrupted rhythms of conversation. Even just between me and my babbling baby boy when Daddy is at work.
We sweep after every meal (we all make a mess!) ... W loves to help me push the broom!
Bibs are thrown in the basket for washing...little faces are wiped...
so goes on our day....