with your kid - Baking a good learning tool
We all need a little #patience, right? I think there was a song about that…. If you
are lucky enough to be a #patient person, I wish I was more like you! One way that I practice #patience is when I am #baking with my daughter. I love to #bake! And this time of year is the best time to #bake. It is like a switch goes off and
my oven is in use all the time.
Something to do with the fresh cool air and the holidays right around
the corner and my need to reconnect with myself and my family through good old
My daughter and I have
enjoyed this shared experience since she could stand up next to me in the
kitchen (she even was my audience while still in her high chair). Every time we #bake, I come to the same conclusion…
I love creating things with her in the kitchen, I am a bit of a control freak (a this is how we do it kind of person - so is my daughter) and I have to be #PATIENT!
This past week we did all things #pumpkin. #Pumpkin pancakes – yum! #Pumpkin cheesecake, #pumpkin chia seed pudding – yum yum!! (See Holiday
page for recipe).
One way to practice #patience with your kid is to #bake. I find that when I #bake with my daughter I
have to practice patience, real patience.
She is eager to learn and create.
She loves to measure, mix and pour. She has always loved to create
things in a bowl making some concoction or another. I am a good baker, I always have been. But I know that it takes patience, correct
measurements, time and having the mix of the right ingredients.
Since she was
little I had to always take a deep breath to let her do the work, pouring,
sifting, folding, stirring, measuring whatever the next step was, I had to take
a step back and let her do it. This simple small step has given me the ability to teach her and grow with her in the kitchen. Even if
it means, cracked eggshells in your dish, liquids spilled on the counter, flour
everywhere, licked fingers in the bowl for the second, third or fourth
I tell myself she is learning, growing and one day will be a good baker and it is OK to make the mess as long as you clean
it up, right?
Over the past several years I am finding that I am finally
becoming more #patient. I am standing
back and letting her have some control.
After all, there are so many valuable lessons, learning opportunities and
quality time spent with #baking (I always want this to be something fun we do together), not to mention the delicious creations you can
#Patience with #baking is not only practice for you, but for your kid. My daughter is always in the hurry up and pour, create and taste mood. She also likes to have complete control. While #baking I take the time to tell her the importance of correct measuring, mixing and the many safety rules of a kitchen. She has to practice #patience too, which is why this is such a valuable educational task for both of you.
Still don’t think you can be #patient?
If you cannot stand to relinquish the control…you can do
what one of my friends does. She gives
some ingredients to her daughter including her own bowls and measuring cups and
lets her make her own in her own bowl. A
good way to mix fun and learning without having to be so #patient.
All of us could use a bit more #patience. In this time and age we live in, it seems
everywhere I turn people are getting more and more impatient. Standing in line at a store, traffic light,
school pick-up, with your kids, your spouse….the list goes on and on. I am just as guilty as the next and have
really been trying to focus on being #patient in every aspect of my life, with everyone
that I interact with on a daily basis.
Deep breathing, thinking before I act and now #baking. Grab your favorite cookbook, google your
favorite recipe, get your kid in the kitchen and spend some quality time #baking. All of my best, Dyan
What I learned: Be
more flexible, lighten up and that messes and mistakes are okay.
What we learned: #Baking
improves many skills and is a wonderful learning tool. Depending on your childs
age many things can be learned and/or introduced to them. How to organize ingredients, counting, measuring
properly wet and dry ingredients, pouring, cracking eggs, stirring, reading the
recipe and labels on ingredients, teamwork, textures of the ingredients,
patience, creativity, an everyday task has a plethora of educational value, introducing
the concept of fractions, clean-up, kitchen safety the list goes on….what a
great way to be with each other, create something delicious and special for
yourselves and family.
What we shared: A
morning of fun, good old-fashioned quality time, laughs, good food, creating
memories and practicing #patience together!!