Let Them Cook

I really enjoy cooking – most of the time…  I enjoy cooking when it isn’t necessary, or rushed.  So I guess that is very limiting, and why I always dread dinnertime preparation.

But, I especially love the fact that my kids love to help cook.  All of my kids love to cook.  I suppose there is something awesome about starting with parts and creating something whole.  And then of course the fact that they get to eat their (typically sweet) creation is always a plus too.

This morning I found this brilliant idea today over at HomeBasedMom.  This idea is mom genius.  Homebasedmom’s bread recipe for kids is started in a Ziploc bag.  Sure there will be some spillage, but for the most part all of the ingredients, stirring and kneading take place inside the bag.  And to give her girls even more ownership, this mom wrote the ingredients on the paper lining the table so that they were easy to read – brilliant.

So today we are going to make bread!

Be Kind

Summer is nearly here.  Have you been thinking about exactly how you will fill the upcoming l-o-n-g days with your kiddos?

One thing I have been thinking a lot about is not necessarily how to fill the days of Summer, but what is it that I want to accomplish within these days of Summer.  I don’t want to just pass the time.  I want to make it count – especially when the kids are home and watching.

Our family is going to create a Random Acts of Kindness Challenge.  Our Summer break is 10 weeks long.  So for our family the goal will be 1 random act of kindness per week.  Part of the fun will be brainstorming a list of ideas to choose from throughout the Summer and then planning an act each week.  Will you join us?

If you need some inspiration start with my previous post on random acts of kindness.  Or search for ideas at http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/kindness-ideas.

These are a few of my favorites:

1.  Make dinner for your local fire station.

2.  Create Ziploc bag care packages to give to the homeless.  Include things like toothbrush, gum, socks, chapstick, wet wipes, chewy granola bars.

3.  Write a kind note or quote on the sidewalk in chalk.

4.  Write a thank you note to let someone know you appreciate them.

5.  Bake cookies for a neighbor.

6.  Host a Free lemonade or popsicle stand on a well traveled walking path or playground.

7.  Set up a community library for book swaps.  An old bookshelf at the end of your driveway would be perfect.

8.  Leave a coloring book and small pack of crayons in a waiting room.

9.  Carry an extra leash or umbrella in your car for the next time you see someone who really needs it.

10.  Leave a kind note or special treat for the community helpers who often go unnoticed, like the garbage men, mailman or school janitor.

The possibilities are endless.  What will you do?

Morgan Freeman

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