We are working on John cutting his own food into smaller pieces.
So, hand-over-hand to start.
But I was inadvertently pinching, squeezing and hurting his fingers.
So instead, I now very lightly steer any part of the knife handle where his fingers aren’t.
(I do the same maneuver when inspecting his teeth brushing: I do my best to not interfere with any toothbrush movement he might initiate.)
Pancakes are good for beginner cutting practice.
If he takes a few bites of anything new (and not on his nutritional plan), I accept the small dietary compromise.
And I try to be clever where I put the chair, plate, cup and cutlery, making him cross mid-line at every opportunity.
The rule is: Mom does less and less.
And he has to stretch, reach, stab and saw.
We practice at home, but the best test is out in public.
I ignore his plate and his requests.
It isn’t pretty. Yet.
It ends up looking like a pile of mush.
And he gets to practice.
I hope this helps a bit with your eating adventures.
Peace be with us,