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August 06, 2008

Who is making lunch today!?

The kids cooking craze is hot in my house. Perhaps, it is because as soon as I'm occupied with laundry, grass cutting or phone calling -- that is the exact time when kids get hungry. Parental Murphy's Law; as soon as you are busy - the kids will need something.

Yesterday, Thing 1 volunteered to make lunch. My first thought; groan, sigh, mess in my kitchen, sigh again. Yes, that was one thought - I'm a big thinker! Thing 2 jumped up and down at the idea of kids cooking (always does).

"ok" I said, remembering that I need to let go of that invisible umbilical cord and let them do things on their own. Lunch is not a big deal - it is actually very predictable in this house. The menu is fairly limited so I knew the pitfalls. "Please don't use a sharp knife for the butter. Take a cheese string rather than cut cheese." (no sharp knives remember?) "yes, you can bring it outside. Please be careful." The "be careful" was a prayer to fate against falling, cutting or harming oneself during lunch creation. There's that umbilical cord tugging again.

Voila. Proud Thing 1 (followed by proud Thing 2) presented homemade kid cooked lunch. A piece of bread, buttered and folded, a slice of summer sausage and a cheese string to be shared between them.

Today, Thing 2 made lunch (with much disaster) but with great pride.

I'm a big supporter in letting kids in the kitchen. It doesn't always yield great results but it is full of personal experience, learning, choices and instant gratification. Plus, the more I see them accomplish -- the easier it is to let go of that cord.

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1 Comments:

At August 6, 2008 at 8:04 AM , Blogger Pierrette said...

I hope I am as brave as you when the little one gets older. I remember loving to help out in the kitchen and I think it is important to let kids discover and learn by doing everyday things on top of play.

 

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