My son has the world’s best nanny (her name is Nyssa), and we’re losing her. My husband is sad about it and I am pretty much devastated. She was sort of a nanny to Finn/assistant to me, and quite frankly, she kind of ran our household without that ever having been the plan. I have actually thought, what will I do without her?
From the beginning she’s understood my physical limitations (from my Rheumatoid Arthritis) and has always gone out of her way to help, and she does way, way, way more than I request. Sometimes it’s little things that I notice an hour or a day or a few days after she’s done them, and sometimes it’s something particularly kind or sweet that Finn has started doing, that I know has come from Nyssa.
She’s always been more than a nanny – she was a grade one teacher in Australia, so she is just wonderful with Finn…and she’s also become a friend. Aaaah I’m gonna miss her!
ANYWAY! This post is about something that Nyssa introduced for snack/lunch time, and I had to share it with our readers whose kids might enjoy and benefit from this too.
Nyssa scores a banana down one side and then slices it, and gives the slices to Finn. He takes a piece, peeling each one, then putting the peel onto the garbage pile, and then pops it into his mouth.
It helps to develop pincer grasp/fine motor skills, patience, concentration, how to get at his food and what it looks like before it is in its edible state, and it keeps him entertained. It’s a simple idea that, like most slower and simpler things for children, actually has a lot to offer.
I’d never seen this idea for having a toddler eat a banana, but it’s how I’ll always feed one to Finn from now on! It takes a bit longer but there’s not too often we have to rush through meals or snacks. When you have the time, it’s well worth the time.
And about that Nyssa. I will miss her gentle nature, her generosity of time and help, her wonderful lessons, patience and love for Finn, our chats and laughs and sharing recipes, and just…her. But I won’t miss her friendship, because we’ll always have that. Thank you, Nyssa. We are all so glad, and so blessed, that you came into our lives. We love you.
Live like you mean it,