Hello again from beautiful Montana:
We have been privileged to have our 15 year old grandson Tyler with us for the past two weeks. His mom is an officer in the Air National Guard and is away on her summer training.
We recognize that this is probably the last “chunk” of time he will spend with his grandparents, because by next year he will have a job, car and girl friend! No longer we will be considered even partially cool.
We have done lots of projects, like painting rental houses, landscaping a yard, and practiced driving a lot. He has to have 50 hours behind the wheel before he can get his license.
But the most fun was cooking together and planning menus to try to fill the bottomless pit in his stomach.
Now, he has been comfortable in the kitchen since he was little, but the next tip is for families who want to encourage cooperation in the kitchen with their younger children.
When you are teaching your children to cook, put out only the ingredients that are called for. Kids can get carried away and crack 12 eggs when you only need four.
You also need to help them understand the difference between baking powder and baking soda. Little ones need help with even salt and sugar–they look alike and are easily confused.
Be sure to join us each Thursday for a free teleclass on family relationships. Check out the schedule at http://www.ArtichokePress.com
If you don’t want to read the tips on getting your kids to help at home, one at a time, but would rather read them all at once and get some great bonus items, then go to htpp://www.ResponsibleChildren.com You will be glad and so will we.
Judy H. Wright aka Auntie Artichoke, family relationship coach and author