Yesterday, Facebook page School Mum shared a photo of seven apples, all with exactly one (small) bite taken out of them, with the words "Life with a toddler, summed up in one image." The picture, originally from the website Scary Mommy, really struck a chord with a lot of other mothers, who began adding their own similar pictures in the comments on the post.
One mom posted a photo of four chewed up nectarines in the comments, adding that they were the handiwork of her 14-month-old son.
Another mother shared a picture of three cucumbers, gnawed but still in cling-wrap, with the simple comment, "My kids like cucumbers." Yes, but clearly not enough to finish them.
This mom shared a shot of seven partially-eaten green apples and explained that this is what happens when she tries to sleep for an extra hour.
Another parent posted these rice crackers, each with one small neat nibble missing. Tasty!
As these pictures clearly show, one of the drawbacks to living with a toddler is finding partially chewed around the house. On the other hand, partially eaten food is still food! Maybe toddlers are actually really good at sharing and we're just not taking their cues. Better they leave some than eat it ALL, constantly, without leaving any for anyone else, like they will when they're teenagers.