What awonderful story & OH SO VERY TRUE
I started out learning how to cook by "watching" myGreat aunt in her tiny kitchen.I sat there chatting away as 5 yo kids do while she shelled peas, scraped carrots & seasoned dishes.I thought I was" helping".As I grew older and I actually could help; she let me.!By time I was 8yo, I was really cooking whole meals meals( roast chicken, veggie sides, even a pineapple upside down cake.I always cleaned up as I went along; just like aunt Essie did ( the only way I knew) To this day "I CLEAN UP AS I GO"; perhaps that's one of the reasonsI love cooking so much...no messes to clean up later"
In Response to Kids making a "mess":
In all of our lives we all "Mess Up",but this is how we learn.Let the kids make the already to bake cookies.They will love it and will want to make home made before you know it.A friend of mine has an 11year old daughter and she still had not let the girl make anything.She had her 12th birthday last week and I gave her an apron,oven mitts,spatula,cookie sheet and some cookie dough for her birthday.She had a ball making the cookies and eating them and wants to keep baking.Both of my boys can cook and bake and I'm so proud of them.When my youngest boy was 3 1/2 years old he surprise me with a cup of coffee that he made,I was horrified thinking OMG he made a mess every where.To my surprise he set up the coffee maker and not a drop of water anywhere,perfect.I asked him how he knew how to do that and he said from watching you Mommy.Kids are paying attention even when you think they are not,let them help you in the kitchen.The kitchen is the heart beat of the home and many strong bonds are made in the kitchen and around the dinner table.Enjoy your family,why not buy a "baking kit" for a favorite little chef in your life,many things can be bought in the dollar stores and the memories will last a life time.Happy holidays to all.
Posted by gale g