There is just something special about the kitchen that calls togetherness! Everyone loves to hang out there, especially if there is good food cooking! This is a wonderful time to make memories with your children! You can start when your children are young being intentional in the kitchen! I remember when my children were just older babies/toddlers and loved playing in the cabinets beneath my feet. I had a special cabinet just for them. I put plastic cups, plates and things they could bang on. They would just have a blast being in there with me!
As they get older they can help you in so many ways. Everything from setting the table to stirring the soup! As they continue to grow they can learn naturally how to cook and how to do efficient clean up. As these things are happening, it can be a wonderful time to bring up great conversations and just bond on a deeper level. Some of our best conversations happened in the kitchen!
Some fun ways to be intentional in the kitchen:
*Make a special place for your toddlers to play when you are cooking/cleaning- just make sure it is a safe place
* Teach your children to cook at a young age; you will be amazed at what they can
* Assign a different child to help in the kitchen each day and one for cleanup. Rotate them daily and/or weekly
*Use this time to bond with your kids. Never let these moments pass without great conversation!
*Let them bake something special for special events or holidays, I let my daughter make out a grocery list for the items she wants to make! It teaches them so much!
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