Thx for the replies ladies. Okeeeee so it's normal at 7 not to be able to do it. I'm not very strict with the mess etc., but I thought that she should have mastered it by now ! She will take a drum stick for example and bit it right in the middle, having food all over her face or a sandwich etc. and I don't like to nag all the time...........will just let her take a knife each night with no pressure.
Practice makes perfect... My daughter is now 10 and she still sometimes struggles with certain meat etc. to cut properly.
They really need to just be handled with lots of patience. I think we sometimes expect them to know certain stuff and handle it like we do (Im so guilty there), but they are only learning still.
I think they just need to be given opportunity to try to do it themselves despite the mess. If your daughter does mess by mistake you could just let it go but if she messes on purpose you would have to mention that it isn't acceptable to mess with food.
Mom of Dylan and Partner to Joerg. We live in the Beautiful Pringle Bay which is along the Whale coast, Cape.
Hell, I still spill my food over the edge of my plate sometimes, so I feel for her
On a more serious note - I started with Brandon when preparing his food - I stand behind him at the kitchen counter, give him something soft like avo or viennas and helped him cut. This way he gets used to cutting without the stress of messing too much.
At dinner times I cut up the harder food like meat, and let him cut softer food like veg and close my eyes to the mess. The way I see it is when they start with solids, they make plenty of mess while aiming for their mouths, so the same principle applies when learning to cut. A bit of mess is necessary before perfecting the art.
Same applies when learning to colour in, at first there is a big sqiggle, then they are able to almost colour in within the lines and eventually they can colour in nicely.
Give her some space to make the mess and in the process learn.
Maybe there is a "correct" way of doing it tho', maybe one of the other moms can help us out here
OK this might be a strange question, but how on earth do you get your child do eat nicely with a knife and fork???? Kayla is 7 and I'm struggling to get her to eat nicely (without food spilling out of her plate, going into her hair etc. etc.). She can't cut her own food with a knife - not sure by when they should be able to do this. Help pls!