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When my son was younger I used to always have him in the highchair at the bench while I made dinner. As he got into that 3-4 stage I seemed to forget how great this time was for us to bond. At nearly 6, it is something I have started again, which benefits us as a family in many ways.
On Sundays I have a ‘freezer filler’ cooking day. For an hour or two I make 3 meals that can be frozen to make some nights easier during the week.
And now my son joins me, making himself muffins or cookies for school. We have made a big production out of it. We each have our aprons and he knows where all the bowls, measuring spoons etc are.
I don’t get frazzled just trying to get ahead with what I want to cook, because I can do exactly that, while he makes himself something. We talk and we laugh. I teach him about shapes, sizes, measurements, fractions etc in a fun way.
The best part – my sons laughter and smile.


Posted by Tinarh, 18th April 2016


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  • This is wonderful. I have recently gone from being a full time working mum (with my 2 year old at child care) to being on maternity leave with bub number 2. I am loving the time at home and cooking with my 2 year old is our favourite thing to do together. We try to cook or bake something a few times a week.

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  • That is fantastic. Spending time together doing something you both enjoy, happy in each other’s company, as well as teaching him how to cook for himself. Keep it up, he’ll thank you for it later

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  • That’s fantastic. Cooking and freezing surely helps our life. You save so much time that way, and you enjoy more the evenings with your family, without having to rush to prepare dinner. And it’s really lovely that your son is doing this work with you!! :-)

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  • Family time is so precious. sounds like you might be developing quite a good cook!


    • Developing cooking skills at a young age is a good thing!

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  • Sounds like good quality fun time. I love cooking with the family too.

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  • This sounds great – it clearly has so many benefits for you both.

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