How to Cook with a Toddler
Preparing a meal with a toddler is no easy task. Especially when we’re in a rush.
We have all had our kitchen disasters and fails: burnt fingers, spilt milk, salt in the morning coffee or coffee in your porridge. For clarity, the last two are NOT my taste.
And cooking with a child running between your legs adds a new dimension to the struggle.
After a long, busy day you lack the patience to explain things calmly to your precious little one. Instead, you get angry and frustrated. Your child gets upset and you feel guilty. Very guilty. Sounds familiar?
So how to cook with a toddler and stay sane?
Everyone knows that a child who is engaged is less likely to misbehave. But how to engage a child who does not want to stay engaged?
5 Tips on How To Cook with a Toddler
1. Get messy!
Children love getting dirty and play with messy things. Give them a section of the kitchen where mess is welcome and where they can explore different textures. A tiny bit of dry rice, a carrot or a mushroom is not going to hurt. And make sure not to pay too much attention to the flour on the floor.
3. Utilise Utensils
4. Let Them Have a Go
5. Healthy Snack
And if everything else fails?
Then ‘Planet Earth’ or ‘The Magic School Bus’ do the trick. Nobody is perfect.
I’m a working mum, a chocolate lover and a stubborn wife who is finding ways to live a more fulfilling life.