My 13-month-old is getting ready to graduate.
Next week she will be moving to the toddler classroom.
- They sleep on mats instead of in cribs
- They walk
- They feed themselves
She can do the first two. That last one could get her held back at a very early age…
So Saturday night, following the best advice I could find, I prepared a plate for her with her favorite foods.
I strapped her into her high chair.
And placed the plate in front of her.
She started eating.
Wow! I realized that I had been babying her.
I had been handing her one spoonful at a time.
With her options in front of her, she got to choose what to eat next.
No guessing. No crying.
It was the most relaxed meal we’ve had yet.
Lesson 1: Plates instead of Spoons
Sunday night, gleeful at my obvious skill as a delegator, I once again put the full plate in front of her.
She ate a couple of mouthfuls.
Then picked up her plate.
Grinned at me.
And dumped her macaroni & cheese into her lap.
Lesson 2: Once does not equal Every Time
Of course, my daughter does not need to be completely self sufficient on her first day in toddlers.
Her teachers will help her.
My wife and I will help her.
How much space and support do you offer your employees as they learn and make mistakes?