About a year ago, we taught our then 10 year old daughter how to make coffee. She loves coffee and we figured it was something she could easily learn to make and then, in turn, use to serve others (she also makes a mean pitcher of lemonade!)
Last week, our 6 year old decided he wanted to be “big” like his sister and make coffee too. Thankfully, I caught him before he just dove right in and I helped him get started (and finished).
He donned an apron (because that’s what all good cooks do) and got down to work. By the time the coffee was brewing, he had actually done very little of the work involved, but he felt like he had truly made the coffee.
Having eager youngsters can be a difficult thing for a mama. We hear how we are supposed to let them help in the kitchen and we really want to do that, but we have a distorted view of what that looks like. We envision waist-high kiddos measuring and stirring and grabbing ingredients for us in a way that is truly helpful. However, more often than not, it looks more like this:
Mom: “Can you get me the sugar?”
3 minutes later…
Child: “MOM! I can’t find the sugar!”
Mom: “It on top of the flour bin.”
Child: “I don’t see it.”
Mom: “I’ll come get it.”
Mom finds sugar on top of flour bin.
And this goes on and on and on.
I once had a young woman tell me that her mother was very good about letting the children in her family help with things in the kitchen and whenever they would ask, she would say in her sweetest voice with a smile on her face,
“Oh good! It only takes me twice as long when you help!”
This woman had a correct view of children helping in the kitchen. She knew it was not going to be easy, but she also knew it was a step in the right direction and one that needed to be taken not to actually have a “helper” in the kitchen but to instill in each child a sense of worth and belonging and to spur them on to even greater things.
So, let them make coffee…or think they did.
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This weekend, I was blessed to attend and speak at the most God-honoring blogging conference I have ever attended. It was the 2:1 Conference in D.C. where the focus was Christian homeschool blogging. I have come home very tired, but so excited to see what God has in store for the world of Christian homeschool bloggers who use their platform for His glory!
Speaking of blogging as a Christian homeschooler -
In case you missed it, I launched a site last month called Homeschool Bogging.
My vision for this site is to encourage and educate homeschool bloggers and homeschool businesses to blog and work together in mutually beneficial relationships for the common goal of glorifying Jesus Christ! If you are a blogger or homeschool business, please take some time to check out the site, subscribe, and grow!
And now onto the Welcome Home Link Up! It sure is good to be home!