One of the fun things about having a toddler that is old enough to experience more and more foods is watching their reactions to the occasional treat. I am a firm believer in feeding my daughter the best foods possible but every once in a while I think it’s good for her mental health to share a treat with me. This weekend I was eating a piece of red licorice and thought I would see how she liked it. The plan was to let her have a little bite, take it back and have a big bite of my own, let her have a little bite, take it back etc. Generally she is great at sharing food. She is my daughter however so I should have known it would have been different with the licorice. The first hand off went well. Then this happened.
“Rose would you like another bite?” “Yes please mommy!” (Note the hand waving in ‘please’ sign)
“Ok, last time she took it from me. This time I’m going to run to the other side of the room where she can’t get it back.”
“Dang, she figured that out. I know, when we play peek-a-boo, she can’t see me when I crouch down. Hehe, she will never find me here.”
“Waaaaaaa! She took it again, maybe crying will work.”
After this I took one last big bite, waited until she stopped crying and gave her the tiny little bit left. Then I quickly exited the area before the crying could begin again.