Yoghurt Spoon!

Yogurt SpoonThe Toddler is eating lunch. She is having yoghurt (‘oghurt’) for dessert. The Toddler likes yoghurt.

The Toddler has finished her main course. She becomes immediately concerned that the offer of yoghurt may have been forgotten or withdrawn in the 15 minutes since it was made. The Toddler will check. She yells, ‘Oghurt! Mummy! Daddy! Grammy! Oghurt! Oghurt!’

We are trying to teach The Toddler to say ‘please’ when she wants something. The Toddler is good at ‘thanks’, and will now often say ‘thank you’ without prompting. She says ‘please’ (‘pease’) less frequently without prompts. Except when she has already been told ‘no’. ‘More raisys!’
‘No, sweetheart, you just had raisins. No more at the moment.’
(Whimpering) ‘More raisys…pease!’
(Evidently, The Toddler has understood that ‘please’ is connected to requests. It appears, however, that she considers throwing around pleases every time you ask for something to be inefficient. The Toddler feels that using a please in situations where someone is quite willing to accede to your request is a waste of a please. In order to preserve the power of the please, it should only be brought out in situations in which you are not getting what you want.)

So, The Toddler wants her yoghurt. Now. ‘Oghurt! Mummy! Daddy! Grammy! Oghurt! Oghurt!’ Daddy tries to inject some manners into proceedings: ‘What do we say? Yoghurt…?’ The Toddler is a helpful soul. Clearly, some confusion has arisen amongst the adults as to how this yoghurt thing works. The Toddler will assist with clear instructions. ‘What do we say? Yoghurt…?’
‘Spoon!’

9 comments

  1. Becky says:

    Love this, so funny how we try and teach them manners and it makes no sense to them. But we keep on trying! I always think that even if my kids are a bit cheeky, at least they are polite – I think that goes a long way! Becky x#bestandworst

  2. Mummaknows says:

    Love your toddler posts. Mine also associates good manners (ie. please and thankyou) with getting something. Preferably getting more food in her case too haha. #bestandworst

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Oh well, I suppose other people don’t know our kids’ pleases only come with an ulterior motive! Thanks for reading!

  3. Alice says:

    I can see where she’s coming from, not wanting to waste a pease. My son is the same – when given something he didn’t want in the first place, such as vegetables, why on earth would he say thank you? 😀

    • Silly Mummy says:

      Well, quite! If you go around thanking people for giving you things you don’t want, how will they ever learn?? It gives entirely the wrong impression about the acceptableness of their vegetable related behaviour!

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