1. Encourage them to play hospitality.
Measle working in her "kitchen". She loves making mud pies, or mud casseroles, cakes, and loaves of bread in this case.
|Queen at a local children's museum setting the "table" for supper.|
|Cooking over the hot fire.|
2. Let them help you. This is easier said than done. It takes a little planning to come up with age-appropriate jobs for each of your girls. Once you add in the demonstration and oversight it may take more time to have them help you, but consider it an investment in their future and yours.
Twinkle Toes (10) buttered and garliced three loaves of french bread and sliced the carrots for the salad we're taking to church tonight. You see she has a little "helper", as well.
OK, Queen (2) was no help at all, but doesn't she look cute in her apron, which was also mine when I was a little girl by the way?!
3. Praise them. I'm so proud of my girls and they really did help me get the meal ready for church tonight. I put the casseroles together last night, Smockity Frock's cavatini, and the girls helped me with the fruit, bread, and salad. As a special reward I bought my little helpers mochas from a local coffee shop. Twinkle Toes and Measle have both asked if they can help serve the meal at church tonight. We usually have 50-60 turn out for supper and I try to take the meal a couple of times each summer. Our wonderful church secretary usually slaves away in the kitchen all day on Wednesdays and is such a blessing to all of us. Her cooking is much better than mine, but I wanted to give her a little break and thought it would be a wonderful training opportunity for my girls. You know what? My girls didn't even know they were being trained. They've had fun!