My daughters love to help make food. There are so many benefits to getting kids in the kitchen, I don't even know where to start. But, the short list includes:
You need your kids to play with minimal supervision and they've run out of ideas? That's one definition of summer! Of course, they often just need a little refueling time with Mom and then they can exercise their own creative muscles.
Parents often ask me how to help kids develop good values. Quite simply, kids learn what they live. Tomorrow is Earth Day, which would give us a perfect opportunity, if we weren't already so busy. Want to be part of the solution, rather than part of the problem?
My fourteen-month-old enjoys dancing in the dining room to my favorite CDs. I call this "Music and Movement with Mama" and consider it a private lesson that I don't have to pay or change out of my pajamas for. My three-year-old enjoys cooking, so we make a lot of blueberry muffins and pita pizza.