Mom and child cooking sessions fit into my ideal of a mom.
Speaking of ideals, television commercials show mom and child laughing and smiling as they mix cookie batter together. Print ads imply that mom and child worked as a team to make the beautiful cake in front of them. There are even magazines that show you step-by-step how to make amazingly elaborate animals from vegetables with your 3 year old. (OK. Maybe I exaggerate. It's really your 4 year old.)
|You can't see the 2 year old dipping his hand in the PB jar!|
My cooking with children reality looks nothing like the magazines.
I have four pairs of hands eager to grab any spoon and stir. My children crowd around the bowl making it difficult to measure and pour. They whine and nag while waiting their turn to help. And the finished product never looks like the picture in the magazine!
Cooking sessions with my children often leave me frustrated and annoyed. I underestimate how long it will take. I constantly tell my 2 year old to put items down. And in the end I have a huge mess to clean up - with NO dishwasher to help.
Do you also dread cooking with your children? Or have you learned to involve them in the kitchen without losing your mind? Let's talk about it in the comments!