I get asked all the time (before whenI had Jameson and even more so now) how one Earth I manage to make 3 meals a day from scratch and on top of that snack foods like homemade apple sauce, crackers, and fruit roll ups (just to name a few).
The truth is, it’s all about the tricks. I LOVE to cook, more so I LOVE food! Which means I spend much of my day in the kitchen. I have two tricks that allow this to happen with an energetic 2.5 year old and a 2 month old.
Number 1 is BABYWEARING! If Ryland isn’t down “playing” then he is more than likely nursing or being worn (and sometimes both at the same time.)
Babywearing is magic in my opinion. I don’t know how people survive without it. It allows you to snuggle you baby and have two free hands! Who doesn’t want that?!? My family thrives in a schedule and do you know how hard it is to stick to a schedule if you need to stop whatever it is your doing to nurse a baby. Wearing your baby allows for you to nurse on the go, and you can do it discreetly while out and about like grocery shopping. 🙂
Number 2 is getting your toddler to be your sue chief. Jameson loves being in the kitchen almost as much as I do. I have an array of kitchen tools that allow me to let him help, in fact I started selling The Pampered Chef products in order to get more of their tools that my big guy can use.
One of his favorite tools is the Manual Food Processor. Jameson normally does all my chopping for me, in fact he gets mad at me if I forget to let him do it. On top of keeping him busy so you can cook, and he is actually helping; there is proof showing that if children are involved in deciding what is made and actually preparing it they are more likely to eat it, or at least give it a try. Plus it’s a great learning experience: counting, measuring, colors, shapes…
If I really can’t find anything for him to help me with, my back up is ask him to cook me something in HIS kitchen. If I am very specific about what I need him to make and how to make it he feels very needed. The key to this is to make sure you add his creation to my whatever it is he is cooking.
Here is the link to my Pampered Chef Site. Make sure to ask if you need any ideas of things to help get your kids helping in the kitchen!