Making Your Child Feel
It never ceases to amaze me...children.
They are such little miracles, and at times I'm just overwhelmed with the
responsibility of them.
Tonight as I watched my daughter, Maegan, I was amazed at how excited she
was, how important that she felt - all because of a can of green beans.
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That's right, a can of green beans.
Today was an extremely busy day, so when we got home at 4:45; the kids
were hungry and I was tired. So, I decided to warm a frozen lasagne and
have that and green beans.
Three-year-old Maegan wanted to help, and tonight was the perfect night
since dinner was going to be so simple.
So first, I put the lasagne in the microwave to cook, set the timer, and
let Maegan press the 'start' button. That's great excitement to her, you
know. I'm sure you've seen the same thing with your toddlers.
Then, we put the lasagne in the oven together to brown. She knows where
the light button is on the oven, and she loves to be able to check on her
food cooking all by herself.
Just before the lasagna was done, I opened the cans of green beans. I gave
her a container and the opened cans. She was so excited to pour the green
beans into the dish (and that's also good motor development work). She
concentrated so hard to make sure all the beans went into the dish.
But, the green beans were in a pile, so she asked for a spoon to 'spread
out 'her' green beans.' I let her do that, and then we put them in the
microwave - with her pressing the start button of course.
Then she went at sat at the table and beamed. I told her thank you for
being such a big help to Mom. She said, 'I ove to be a helper, Mom.'
My heart melted.
She was so happy and proud to have made dinner. She was so pleased to play
such an important role in making dinner.
And, once again, I was reminded how vital it is to make our kids feel
important. It's just as necessary for the development of their self-worth
as the activities we are so careful to include to progress their motor
It's more than just a can of green beans - it was playing the important
P.S. Cooking with preschoolers is good for their motor development and for
develolping their independence, self-worth, and confidence. To learn how
you can cook with all your kids, from preschool through 3rd grade, visit
P.P.S. Help your child feel important by allowing them to help with an
easy dinner. Read above to learn a fast, simple way to do that.
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Laura Bankston is
author of the Cooking with Kids Curriculum:
Cooking With Kids System In a Box and the Homeschool Cookbook. She
currently home schools her three children, maintains home school support
websites, and manages their family-owned service business. For
information on her curriculum and free home school support services,
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