We're big advocates of teaching Nathan independence and allowing him to make his own choices (mostly with food and drinks). I've recently decided it was time that Nathan learned to drink from a straw and in a matter of 4 days it was done!
I purchased a transition sport bottle that was completely different than his sippy cups and he hated it! Tossed it on the floor every chance he got and at first didn't want to even drink out of it. But, Nathan had no choice. I was adamant about him working through this transition and if he wanted a drink this was his only option. On Father's Day it was time to try a real straw (the below picture is from his first attempt). As you can see Nathan is now drinking from a little straw, which is really good for the muscle tone around his mouth. This picture is from this morning. Now that Nathan has achieved this milestone we've moved on to something a little more challenging for us both ~ self feeding. I've been working on it but not with the same determination as the straw ~ until now.I'm using the same tactics ~ Nathan must hold his spoon while eating. He is very resistant at times but very willing at other times. Yesterday, he did really well using the spoon but this morning he was pulling everything out not to. He would whine or try and do his cheesy smile in hopes I wouldn't make him use the spoon.
I tell Nathan ~ "You Do it" and he either does or fusses about it. This morning with his eggs he wanted to just be fed and each time I gave him the command to do it, he would grab the spoon and then immediately let it go. At that point, I began to hold his hand on the spoon and he got the point as you can see from the below picture. We're working on it. We'll see.