At mealtime, you *always* ask to help me - no matter who is here or what you are doing. You'll come running out to the kitchen and you'll climb up into your Learning Tower (which is a great investment, by the way). You like to stir and pour and measure. Of course, you like to taste test too - which I usually let you do.
You also set the table all by yourself now. You put a blue kids placemat, a plastic plate and a spoon (you're not a fan of forks) at your spot. Then, you carry the big, white ceramic plates over for me and your dad...with such care.
When we ask you if you want milk or water (or, sometimes, lemonade), you usually choose milk. We give you organic, whole milk. None of that 1%, 2%, or skim stuff. Every once in awhile, however, you choose lemonade ("with water in it" - we dilute our lemonade around here).
If we serve any of the following foods, you are bound to be excited: noodles, blueberries, cherry tomatoes, grapes, cheese, whipped cream, chocolate, fruit leathers, peanut butter balls, ice cream, broccoli, sandwiches, foods that are "kid-sized," foods that are new, or foods that have fun shapes.
If we serve carrots, however, you usually take them off your plate and place them on my plate and say "for you...I give my carrots to you!" You say it so nicely, so excitedly. I (almost) buy into it.
You decided you were tired of your booster seat several months ago and, instead, opted to sit on your knees on the big chairs. Then, we were sent a green KABOOST Portable Chair Booster to review and you absolutely love it (and so do we). It boosts you up to just the right height so that you can reach your food and be a part of the conversation.
When we pray, you fold your hands and say "Dear God, thank you for this food and thank you that other kids not get hurt. Amen." Your prayers are the sweetest. That said, I think you get confused when other people are asked to pray instead of you and sometimes you start praying loudly right when another person starts praying. We need to work on that.
My husband and I need to decide if we're going to teach you to say "May I be excused from the table?" after each meal. Because we definitely haven't taught you that yet. So, if people think you are unmannerly because you get up when you are done without asking permission, that is 100% our fault.
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YOUR TURN: What foods do your kids like/dislike? Do you require that your kids ask to be excused from the table at the end of each meal?
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*UPDATE* The winner is #13 Jill J. Congratulations!