• "How do I teach my kids to use chopsticks?"

    Want your kids to learn how to use chopsticks? Parents share their own tricks.
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    Rubber Band Trick
    My husband had a great idea: fold a small piece of paper or tissue paper, place it at the head of the chopsticks , and secure it with a rubber band. This makes the chopsticks act like a pair of tweezers, making it easier for kids to pick up food items. My kid gets a kick out of using chopsticks “like a grown-up.”
    — TETET MARCOS-ALBIS, LAS PIÑAS CITY, MOM TO FRANCO AND SOFIA
     
     
    Practice Makes Perfect
    First, your child should be interested. If your child wants to learn how to use them, he or she will accomplish the task more easily, even sooner than expected. Prepare food like mini rice balls to help your child practice at home.
    — DORIS SALENGUA, PATEROS, MOM TO JUSTINE MARIE AND ALESSANDRA

    My son knows how to use chopsticks because whenever we eat out at Chinese restaurants, we show him how to use them.
    — MARIA CECILIA MENDOZA, QUEZON CITY, MOM TO FITZ GERALD AND FELICITY MARIE

     
    Training Chopsticks
    I was able to buy training chopsticks for kids at a chopstick store in Hong Kong. It’s what my daughter uses or practices with on items such as noodles.
    — KATHLEEN ANG, PARAÑAQUE CITY, MOM TO MIKAELLA KAYE


    Model Mom

    Whenever we eat at Japanese or Chinese restaurants, I use chopsticks to show my kids that there are other kinds of utensils used for eating. Sometimes, they try to use them, pero hinahayaan ko lang kung paano nila gusto gamitin. Dapat lang talaga continuous ang paggamit para mas madaling matuto.
    — ADELINE THERESE QUESADA-DAYAO, SAMPALOC, MANILA, MOM TO MATTHEW ASHLEY AND MIGUEL ANTONIO

     
    Let Kids Experiment
    We encourage our kids to learn how to use chopsticks by letting them experiment with them. We have chopsticks at home for them to use anytime with pasta, noodles, nuggets, or squid balls. They can use both their hands in “maneuvering” the chopsticks to get a piece of food or even stick them through the meat or fish.
    — ANA LYN FALOGME, PARAÑAQUE CITY, MOM TO JHASTINE, JHASMINE, JHASLINE, AND PAIGE

     
    Creativity Spells Fun
    Chopsticks can make an ordinary meal exciting. Make “practice chopsticks” for your child by attaching a spring on one end (like that of a pair of tongs), or attach loops where kids can insert their fingers (like scissor handles), for easy handling. Kids will enjoy learning how to use these to show off your invention and their newfound skill.
    — CHERRY ANNE FERRER, CAINTA, RIZAL, MOM TO WACKO
     
     
     
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    Photography by Alfred Mendoza

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