Knives

Oh, we're done with all that vegetable-steaming and mess, our children are cutlery-wielding, spaghetti-chomping angels... at least some of the time.

Knives

Postby StJuniper » 18 Jul 2013, 00:05

http://www.howwemontessori.com/how-we-m ... nives.html

After reading this blog post, I've been musing on the introduction of knives. Now that we eat breakfast side by side at the counter, P will often take/request my butter knife. He does okay with it, though it is obviously huge for him.

When did you introduce knives? Is there such a thing as small size knives? Can your child use one or is it just a placeholder for future knife use?
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Re: Knives

Postby ches » 18 Jul 2013, 00:35

We have plastic IKEA for T along with a metal children's set my BFF sent for J. The metal set has a small butter knife. I usually let J have that as he still struggles with our big silverware. Americans don't use knives and I am rarely around when the kids eat, so they don't get much exposure, but I am okay with T having them and have been for a while. J uses knives to make his own sandwiches and to push food onto a fork, not to cut. He will pick fish fingers up with his fingers and doesn't eat much meat.
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Re: Knives

Postby StJuniper » 18 Jul 2013, 01:14

Yeah, I'd love to find a small metal butter knife for P.

I confess to being totally bemused by the statement "Americans don't use knives", though. Every American I've ever known including my American father and extended family, plus numerous Americans I met casually on trips all over the States seem to be reasonably proficient knife users...
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Re: Knives

Postby BLTMama » 18 Jul 2013, 02:08

We prefer guns. :wink:
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Re: Knives

Postby ches » 18 Jul 2013, 02:40

You have never seen Americans cut everything with their forks? Maybe New Englanders use knives, but I haven't seen anyone do a place setting with a knife, except on holidays, and I am usually the only one who uses it. Apparently Americans hold their forks in their right hands and will swap over, cut, and swap back.
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Re: Knives

Postby TravellingMum » 18 Jul 2013, 03:20

BadgersMommy wrote:We prefer guns. :wink:



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Re: Knives

Postby supermansmum » 18 Jul 2013, 06:29

We have the knives from pampered chef....the boys use them for all sort including cutting carrots and buttering toast.
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Re: Knives

Postby ToothFairy » 18 Jul 2013, 06:30

BadgersMommy wrote:We prefer guns. :wink:


:D :D :D

We have a child sized metal cutlery set from Ikea with small knife, fork and spoon.
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Re: Knives

Postby PerpetualMadness » 18 Jul 2013, 08:16

Both of mine had knives from around 9-12 months. B earlier than P. They were small metal one that actually cut.
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Re: Knives

Postby luverlylisa » 18 Jul 2013, 08:34

yes, small childs set usually have them now, tesco's definately anyway, my boy doesnt really use it for his actual dinner, but he stands in the fun pod - since he was around 15months, and can chop mushrooms, strawberries, ripe melon, mango, banana and eats as he goes! (he always claims to be helping me cook dinner - but toddler version of 'help') :)
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Re: Knives

Postby Popsie » 18 Jul 2013, 09:11

BadgersMommy wrote:We prefer guns. :wink:


:D

ches wrote:You have never seen Americans cut everything with their forks? Maybe New Englanders use knives, but I haven't seen anyone do a place setting with a knife, except on holidays, and I am usually the only one who uses it. Apparently Americans hold their forks in their right hands and will swap over, cut, and swap back.


What, so they have one bit of cutlery and swap the fork to their left hand to cut then shovel in with the right again?! I might cut with the side of my fork but still use the same hand... What's the point in swapping hands?? I'm utterly confused ches! And does a left handed person do the same in reverse? Sorry this is OT bit I'm fascinated!

Oh and Midge didnt get a knife til she was 2 or so. She still struggles to use it at times but can iyswim. Just hard work at times! We have a kids set which is only a bit smaller than ours - tkmaxx 'viners' brand.
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Re: Knives

Postby jvnt » 18 Jul 2013, 10:30

BadgersMommy wrote:We prefer guns. :wink:


This made me lol!

And I know what ches means by Americans don't use knives (although it may be more regional than that!) I've watched friends do the fork swapping thing and also when there's a steak knife in the mix still swap to use the knife and then back again. It looks very awkward but each to their own!
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Re: Knives

Postby ches » 18 Jul 2013, 10:52

Popsie, they swap hands if cutting with a knife, but keep the same hand if cutting with the side of the fork. Bill Bryson writes about it in one of his books. Apparently frontiersmen only had a knife, which they would turn on its side and eat off. Presumably the utensil changed to a fork in the interests of safety.
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Re: Knives

Postby StJuniper » 19 Jul 2013, 03:29

ches wrote:You have never seen Americans cut everything with their forks? Maybe New Englanders use knives, but I haven't seen anyone do a place setting with a knife, except on holidays, and I am usually the only one who uses it. Apparently Americans hold their forks in their right hands and will swap over, cut, and swap back.


I have def seen (and done) the cutting with a fork thing, but I've just never experienced it to the exclusion of knives. Maybe it is regional; I've mostly hung out in the California/Florida/Southern corners of the US so maybe it depends on where you are? I have never not been given a knife with my place setting in any state at any time, though.
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Re: Knives

Postby Morlyte » 19 Jul 2013, 08:56

I introduced them pretty early, just so hey were familiar with them. Noah will use his knife now, not brilliantly but hes never not had it there so he just picks it up along with his fork.
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