My husband and I make a good team for a number of reasons. When it comes to parenting, we like to joke that he is clearly in charge of culture. For instance, at age four, our daughter could tell you that John, Paul, George and Ringo made up the Beatles. By age six, she had developed a deep appreciation for Star Wars, and now at age eight, the two of them can have a legitimate argument on a Friday night (gathered round the record player, no doubt) about who is the better musician, Dolly Parton or Emmylou Harris? He is the yin to my parenting yang. Music, movies, and history - this is his wheelhouse.
While he gets to take the reins on culture, I am in command of life skill development. Food, meal planning, and house organization - this is my wheelhouse. Our daughter’s chores include laundry (i.e. folding towels and her clothes), unloading the dishwasher, and making her bed. She wakes up to her own alarm clock and can run a vacuum cleaner; we are still working on using a broom! In my newest attempt at life skill development, I introduced “Manners Monday” in the Stewart house a few weeks ago. Manners Monday means every Monday night at dinner, we practice our best, polished table manners and act as though the Queen could stop by at any moment. My daughter is learning the basics of setting a table along with important manners such as:·
Since my daughter is just as competitive as her father, we’ve started keeping score of our Monday table game and guess who’s winning? Hint: not my husband.
All that said, the life skills list continues to grow. From table manners to cooking, she is at the perfect age to help in the kitchen. Her favorite ways to help right now include baking, measuring out ingredients, washing and chopping vegetables, cooking pasta and cracking eggs!
While there are hundreds of ways to get your kids involved in the kitchen, I wanted to share my top five tips that have worked for our family:
There are numerous resources online, so keep looking until you find what fits for your family. Here are a few more resources that may be helpful:Thanks for stopping by. I truly enjoy sharing tips that may help your family. It gives me #allthefeels. I am always looking for tips myself, so feel free to share things that work for you!