Despite your efforts, does your child have a cave-man like fist-grip on their spoon? If so, try this easy trick. When serving cereal, soup, ice-cream etc., replace the deep round bowl with a shallow one. Then place the spoon properly in your child's hand. You'll be surprised when they leave it there. The reason: It’s almost impossible to scoop inside a deep bowl while maintaining a proper hold on a utensil. Don’t believe me? Try it for yourself. As a bonus, your child won’t have to get on his or her knees to lean over the bowl either. Easy Peazy!
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