We always have a few boxes of macaroni and cheese in the cabinet. It’s one of those dishes that doesn’t take a lot of time, and I don’t have to worry about getting the kids to eat it. The clean-up afterward is a different story. Especially when there is a toddler involved.
Recently, Early Bird has taken an interest in eating utensils. She is not adept at using them, but this does not stop her from needing a spoon and fork with every meal. Even finger foods like french fries and quesadillas, which she digs at before picking them up with her hands. Her breakfast cereal also requires a fork, which she favors over the spoon.
The other night at dinner was no different. I set Early Bird’s plate on the table and waited for her to get a spoon and fork from the drawer. (She won’t let me get them for her.) Then, I sat at the table to watch as she invented a new way to eat macaroni and cheese.
It goes something like this:
Pick up fork and poke at noodles. Put fork down and grab spoon. Swirl noodles around on plate for approximately thiry seconds. Set cheesy spoon on table. Proceed to eat with hands.
After a few bites, get up from table to retrieve another set of utensils. Return to table and place second utensil set next to first. Continue eating with hands. Be sure to double fist it so as to get maximum cheese coverage on hands and face.
Take a few more bites and return to drawer. Grab a stray muffin cup and return to table. Put handfuls of noodles in muffin cup, making sure to drop some on the floor. Leave mess for mom to clean up.