Over the last month I've been focusing on involving my children in the cooking process. Right now they are not much of a help to me in the kitchen. In fact they make it much much harder. The 2 year old mostly makes a mess. She'll get food all over the counter, the floor, her clothes, her face.... My 4 year old does a decent job of completing a task like chopping vegetables but he's sooooo sloooooooow. It takes him about 25 times longer than it would take me to just do it myself.
However I've come to realize that if I want them to love cooking real food and help me when they are older I need to make it a pleasant experience. That's where patience comes in. I need lots of it when the kids are in the kitchen.
This doesn't come naturally to me. I want to get in there and get dinner on the table as fast as possible. Sometimes I find myself saying "Hurry up! Let's get this done!" But for my children the enjoyment is in the process.
I've found things go much smoother if we start dinner early. This way we are not rushed and no one is overly hungry. It also helps to give everyone a job so there's no bickering and fighting.
I have to slow down. Sometimes I take deep breaths. I am learning to enjoy the process.
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