Still, they LOVE the activity, and don’t seem to realize they are being deprived of eating the finished product. There is no doubt the reason for that is that we don’t eat the finished product until after they have gone to bed. I guess it is no different than any other project we do together. When we color a picture or do a puzzle we don’t eat it when we are done!
Cooking with LittleM and LittleR is a bit of a hazardous experience. I let them do most things – well anything that won’t cut or burn them. They come into direct contact with the food every time we cook – no matter how careful or vigilant I am. At times I wonder if I am just plain crazy and then I realize that it is no different than allowing a middle-schooler to do a science experiment with semi-hazardous materials. You have to take safely precautions and be prepared for anything.
The fact that they love cooking so much has actually helped out quite a lot. It used to be that I didn’t even start prepping dinner until after they were in bed between 7 and 8 at night. Now on those days when I endeavor to cook with them, dinner is generally coming out of the oven when we finish tucking them in bed. That is a nice treat. Oddly enough we still have yet to eat a hot meal! So far something has come up each time I plate the hot food – one of the kids needs another song or an extra pacifier. I am certain this is a numbers game and sooner or later we will actually eat a hot meal!
To be completely honest I second guess the decision to let them cook all the time. I often wonder if giving LittleM a play kitchen for Christmas was some strange form of cruelty. But a very large part of the decision to expose them to food in these ways is an exercise in FAITH – believing that they WILL be able to eat food.
I am actually very excited today. The kids cooked with me before nap. We prepared meat sauce for Shawn and I, but while they are napping I will be preparing food for them! We will begin a food trial of grass fed beef bone broth – soup! This is exciting.