Making dinner by myself would be so much faster. And often I do (when my husband isn’t making it. I’m not gonna pretend I do all the cooking around here.)
But when I take the extra five minutes to include one of the kids, letting them measure and stir and crack eggs and make a mess…well, it’s a good thing.
And just like eating together leads to conversation, and laughing, and community, so does cooking together. Especially with kids. They so love to help. And they get to play with messy things. And probably sneak a taste when no one else is looking. And also, they’ll talk to you, without anything being forced — about their day, about their friends, about their likes and dislikes (which might include whatever you’re currently making. Sorry). A pretty good trade-off for an extra few minutes of clean-up.
To help you get started cooking with kids, here are a few great recipes to try out:
–Whole Wheat Cheese Snack Crackers by Buggy and Buddy
-Baking Cherry Hand Pies by The Artful Parent
–Basic Granola by An Oregon Cottage
–Dominoes Cookies by Learning 4 Kids
Do you have any favorite recipes to cook with your kids? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
This is Day 2 of Connecting. Simply. Click here to read yesterday’s post.