I love to cook.  My children love to help me cook.  This can sometimes delay the process, but allowing them to help sometimes actually makes things easier.  Let me explain.  Now I don’t let them use the stove, but I let them participate in safe ways.   I cook most of my family’s meals from scratch.  I typically never make pre-packaged meals,  aside from Mac-n-Cheese because this is too good to miss!  (Are you cringing, yet?)  Anyways, meals take time and young children rarely give you time to get things done.  Children love to be big helpers, as you know.  My children go get their step stools from the bathroom and stand by the counter to ‘help’ almost every day.  In order to keep my sanity, I give each of them a little personal cutting board from a local dollar store and some spreaders from the dollar section at Target (I love this little treasure cove).   So for about $4, I can keep my children busy for about 15 minutes as I prep dinner.  This would work for many things, but today we are cutting up canteloupe.  Before I cut the melon open, I have my children guess what color the inside will be.  I love to see their faces of amazement as we perform a little science prediction in the kitchen.  During this time, we talk about whether my oldest thinks this is a fruit or a vegetable, how it grows, what she thinks it tastes like, and the sort.  We talk about what else has the same colors and textures (math skill).  A simple little task of cutting up melon can turn into a great learning experience where children can use their senses to extend their knowledge way beyond that fruit that is something we eat.  As you can see from the pictures, my children’s techniques vary with age.  However, by allowing them to help, they are developing hand and eye coordination and strengthening their dexterity, which will help them as they progress to reading and writing.  So this simple little food experience will totally enhance my genious expectations! 

Welcome to my blog.  I am a SAHM with two lively girls.  I am a retired early childhood educator who uses all my education and skills to keep my life as sane as possible.  I thought that by starting this little blog I could share some of the ideas to help other SAHM’s get through their day.  I will share how you can use little things around the house to keep them busy and out of trouble.  It will require a little effort on your part, and dare I say, some crafting.  Although if you are a parent of young children, your level of perfection will definitely differ than their perception of perfection.   These will be the kind of ideas that you will wish you would’ve thought of first or maybe you have and would like to let me know how you get through your busy day with kids.  I am not perfect, nor do I have all the answers, but I do have lots of experience with all kinds of different children and situations.  So check back often to see my little tips to help you from pulling your hair out or your child’s.