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Whenever you have an older Greek Grandmother (Yiayia) in the kitchen, you’ll find a koutala or the wooden spoon. She was tasked with watching her grand children while the husband and wife worked outside the home. In addition to being the child watcher, she was often cooked meals and doing both duties can sometimes be hazardous if you are the child or children misbehaving. Anger Yiayia and you often saw her wave the spoon along with loud verbal assaults. Over the years the koutala has become the symbol of discipline and punishment. We got this idea while reading a Greek-American...

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