52 in 2014 • Week 4

Tuesday, January 28, 2014


01.20. 2014

A few days ago, I read a portion of a parenting book that discouraged parents from letting their toddlers in the kitchen with them. They named several different reasons (safety, snacking would ruin your appetite, teaching you to wait until meal times to eat/not tasting as you go) and I just had the reaction that Madeline has to the Tiger - 'to the Tiger at the zoo Madeline just said poo-poo.' Some of my favorite memories are of all of us in the kitchen together, munching on veggies, you sitting on the counter or standing in a chair on your tip toes, music blaring, Papa and I dancing around the kitchen together. Good food is really important to us, so the majority of our time together is spent cooking. We would hardly see you if we kept you out of the kitchen! It's safe to say that we won't be giving up these joyful times together for the sake of 'proper parenting.' You love to play in the sink and 'help us' and try new foods, and we love to have your company. You are so full of joy and fun - you make mundane chores like cooking so much more enjoyable (most of the time - you're still a two year old after all).

'Time stands still best in moments that look suspiciously like ordinary life.'

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  1. That advice sounds absurd! I would have thrown that book in the trash, on the spot. Even if it weren't mine. My almost 2 year old loves helping in the kitchen, too. There's SO MUCH to learn in there. Obviously, parents should be careful to closely supervise toddlers in this space but when done safely, it's definitely more fun and educational than hitting up the same old puzzle or hand puppets she's revisited time and time again. Blah to that book :) -Misty

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    1. It's ironic because everything else I've read says the complete opposite - that being in the kitchen is good for children! Sometimes you just have to do what feels right and I love having her beside me while I cook!

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  2. Wow that is insane that they think toddlers shouldn't be in the kitchen! I feel like the Montessori community would have a heart attack reading that, haha. I think spending time in the kitchen is so great for kids of all ages as long as you keep a close eye on them and keep unsafe objects out of the way. Also, teaching them what they shouldn't touch or what is hot, etc. is great when they are young so they remember as they grow. The kitchen is a great place for all kinds of practical learning. My daughter adores "helping" me make pizza and muffins and such because she feels important and it helps teach her about responsibility and chores. Sorry, I'm babbling. That's just so absurd I had to comment! I think the people who wrote that are lazy parents.

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    1. It came from a French parenting book and their approach to parenting is a bit more hands off/they expect their children to act a lot more adultish than we do if that makes sense. But yes, we implement a lot of things from Waldorf/Montessori style of learning in our parenting and it really took me by surprise too. Have fun keeping your girl in the kitchen with you! ;)

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  3. I think I commented on FB when you posted this - but I completely disagree with the idea this parenting book wrote!

    Also, I just love those little tootsies reaching as tall as they can...so stinking cute!!!

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    1. I love taking pictures of hands and feet - I have so pictures of her little toes like this, but it never gets old!

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  4. That sounds like a very silly book. Kids have so much fun in the kitchen. Love to see her helping Daddy.

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