Wednesday, August 15, 2012 start having my children help make dinner

...really because I wanted to cause them more stress.

Or so they think...

I spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...and this is just the basics.  Anything less and I think it is called child abuse.

All of the extras: muffins, cookies, desserts, salad dressings, dips, that is all icing on the cake.

Pun intended.

I acknowledge that I bring on some of the stress of feeding my family.  But for the most part I really enjoy cooking and providing healthy meals...foods that I can pronounce all of the ingredients of.

So....I decided to begin sharing this J-O-Y with my children.

I decided that the big kids would alternate days on helping me, start-to-finish, put dinner on the table.  Their tasks:
  • slicing
  • dicing
  • reading directions
  • baking
  • setting timers
  • serving
  • pouring (the milk)
  • cutting (into bite sizes on their plates)
Unrequested!  Only this little lady willingly participated in our activity!

This is what I am working toward...quality time spent in the kitchen with my cherubs.

A sous chef in the making!

Yesterday, was Isabella's first day.  And yes...I interrupted her in the middle of a chapter!
Today, William missed out on fifteen minutes of basketball time.

In case you were wondering I did not start with difficult meals.  Nope.  I am smarter than that.  I picked hot dogs, and Walmart's rotisserie chicken!

Dinner merely involved heating up some rolls, cutting some veggies, and helping to prepare the plates.

Armageddon.  Disaster.




End of the World.

I found this little funny...

I will persevere.  

In other they know their allowance is directly dependent upon their joyful participation in this activity.


  1. Great idea! Henry loves to help me in the kitchen (much like Abbey) and James helps set the table and get drinks but I think I would also hear tons of moans and groans from him if I asked him to actually help prepare the meal! But doesn't it feel good sometimes to make them do something they don't want to do (when you know it's good for them)... ha ha, sick parents! Dr. Sanjay Gupta (I like that man) said, "Childhood shouldn't always be comfortable." So, use that as your mantra tonight when you ask Will and Isabella to make a salad they're probably not gonna eat. ;-)

  2. What about doing the dishes too. I still have wrinkles on my hands from when were kids...mainly because I had to do your share too. Back in my day.....