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lisa ling said in August 17th, 2007 at 11:45

Could you explain the convo you had with her that got to your understanding of why she scooped spaghetti with her hands?

So is the point that she needed to calm down first (which is why you waited and rubbed her back), before you could talk to her about why she was doing that? Is part of the problem that we are often ‘rushing to reason’, rather than waiting, then reasoning? Is it really that simple?

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alastair said in August 17th, 2007 at 18:44

Aimée is not an especially verbal child, and most children are much less verbal than adults, because they have so little practice. Yes, children don’t really need many reasons; they tend to accept the world as it is presented. So as soon as her feelings got calmer, I let her continue eating.

Then I remarked on how well she was eating, and she explained that she was trying to keep it off her clothes. I told her this was a good idea. I think she wanted some recognition for her motives, even if I disagreed with her tactic.

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