Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Why I Cook With My Children, Part 1

Audrey's first summer in DL.

Every year since Audrey was a baby we have gone to stay in Detroit Lakes, MN with my in-laws for some part of the summer. That first summer it was less than a week but the next summer ended up being a 7 week trip. I had a new baby (Maurene) and a workaholic spouse who decided his parents would do a better job of helping me through those difficult first weeks. It turns out he was right.

While we were there we fell into a routine. Well, as much of a routine as you can have with a newborn. I spent my time sleeping, feeding Maurene, and getting her to sleep. My father-in-law did a lot of the entertaining for Audrey. My mother-in-law still works so she was busy during the day a lot. When it came time to make dinner Audrey was eager to spend time with her.

Two year old Audrey, Papa, and Dayna.

In order to be able to make dinner and still have time for Audrey my mother-in-law pulled a stool up to the counter and started showing Audrey how to tear lettuce and build the family favorite, Strawberry Salad. This was a task Audrey took to immediately. Here is a picture of her with a face full of feta cheese. I do not know how we ended up having any left over for the salad.

One for me, one for the salad.

Family dinners during that blissful 7 weeks were planned, executed, and consumed together. I had no idea what I was missing until that trip. Audrey felt such a sense of accomplishment and inclusion and I enjoyed the regular meals with family. I vowed when we returned home I was going to continuing cooking with Audrey. It was easier said than done.

Next: Why cooking with my children is so hard for me.

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  1. Cute article. It just makes sense all around.

  2. really sweet. saw the post from juanita's cocina. and i signed up. you can check out my site at http://chefpeterskitchen.blogspot.com/

  3. Cooking with kids (especially the young ones) is both a joy and a headache!! My 4 and 2 year old LOVE to be in the kitchen with me and I love knowing that we are building great memories and they are growing a love and appreciation for family time and food. Cooking really is sadly a tradition that is dying out in many homes!

    1. I have hope that it will come back. It was not something I did as a child but I am seeing so many people these days talk about cooking together.

  4. I love this!!!! I really need to get better at involving my kids in cooking and cleaning too.

  5. Now I cook with my adult daughter and grandkids (together and separate) and NOTHING beats it! Trust me Kris, it will come back to you! :)

  6. Great post- we linked to you on the Stories for the Homeschool Heart Facebook page here- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Stories-for-the-Homeschool-Heart/112387948799115?ref=hl

    Love watching Audrey at work! Keep on cooking! :) <3


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