Welcome to my two new readers, Philip and banctecj. I hope you find many interesting and helpful things to read here!
Last week I was visiting my sister Erica who has Adrenal Fatigue and has been having fainting spells. Her husband was out of town, and she has two little ones at home and a teenager in school, so she needed someone with her. She has three of the most adorable kids (not that I am biased), and they LOVE to help with the cooking and cleaning - I've really never seen anything like it! Julie, who is five, begged everyday to help me with the dishes, and Timmy who is two was always wanting to "Spray, spray" Murphy's Oil Soap on the wooden floors for mopping. Erica is doing a great job raising them.
They love, love, love to cook! I was helping my sister rescue some old beans that wouldn't cook right (I had read just recently that the American Test Kitchen says to soak them in salt over night to soften them, and then to rinse them very thoroughly before cooking them in the slow cooker the next day.) Julie especially was fascinated by the entire process. She helped me soak them, rinse them, cook them in the crock pot, blend them in the blender, and finally add the seasonings (Timmy joined in on this process).
Here they are stirring.
The pink zebra is also helping
Timmy kept trying to eat the "choclat"
My sis makes gluten free chocolate cake from beans, which tastes truly amazing
But that is another post
Look at that mug!!
I feel like now I know one clue to how I will manage as a Mom - involve my kids in whatever I am doing, if they are interested. That way they will get the attention they need, and I will be able to get done the cooking and cleaning without feeling bad about not playing with them, and then we will have plenty of time left over to "play"!
What are your green or frugal tips for entertaining young children?