If you give a mouse a cookie, well, chances are you’ll have a child or two around to tell you exactly what will happen next. Cookies, especially treats like those from Mother Rucker’s Sweets, invoke sentiments of joy, anticipation and comfort to tummies of all ages. But in the eyes of a child, there is nothing better than spending an afternoon in the kitchen with Mom baking up a batch of oven-fresh goodies. While we adults spend as much time counting calories as we do measuring ingredients, seeing the cookie-baking process from a child’s perspective is truly a special thing.
Count on it. 1 c sugar. ½ tsp baking soda. And a whole lot of love. Mixing and measuring with the kiddos not only prepares them for Monday’s math test, but teaches them practical life skills masked by fun times and tasty treats.
Taste testing. Some of the sweetest memories for the kids include a bowl, a spoon and a heap of batter. While nothing beats a warm cookie or brownie, the pre-cooked dough and/or batter comes pretty close. When you have more than one kid in the kitchen, draw straws or pick a number to see who gets the spoon and who gets the bowl.
Making messes. Flour fight! Messes aren’t just a part of baking, they’re a part of life. And it’s easy to overlook a mess in the kitchen if gooey cookies and a big smile on a little face are the outcome. But if your kids are looking to make Mom smile, too, ask them to lend a hand and dry some of the bowls and dishes after you rinse them clean.
Delicious designs. Baking the cookies is half the fun. The other half comes with the decorating. Letting your kids pick their favorite candies, sprinkles and colors of frosting will make them almost as excited as devouring the finished product.
Sharing is caring. When it’s all said and done, the most valuable lesson kids can take out of the kitchen is to share. Invite their friends over for milk and cookies and watch the smiles multiply.
Whatever the reason for baking a batch or two, including your kids in the process—not just the aftermath—is part of the fun!