How to cook with the kids without a little (BIG) bit of a nervous breakdown? We asked our community of MamBakers and they told us how they do it:
Give them defined and specific tasks.
For example: cupcakes
If they can read numbers get them to look for the right amount on scales. Measure milk, one task. Pour milk, another task.
They do the eggs and do a little tidy (shell in bin, cups in sink) while you use the mixer (especially good with little ones).
If they are big enough, they help do the batter. If not, they can supervise you doing that while they sit and lick beaters. That’s usually enough time to divide mix and put in the oven. Setting the timer can be a counting game.
Stress free cupcakes! It may sound nuts, but one “super helper” job goes a long way.
I dont often let them help me…I have control issues. BUT when I do, my 3 1/2 year olds surprise me.
My two can crack eggs into a bowl without spilling and barely any shell gets in. And the other night one of them helped pour a can of beans into a bowl, pressed the buttons on the microwave, put toast in, buttered the toast, spooned beans onto the toast and sprinkled on cheese – pretty much made dinner herself!
“This is not just a mess, it’s a learning experience!”
Kristen: Can’t stand it!
Meagan: Yes it’s hard to let it go. I only let them in when I’m feeling relaxed.