For the last 9 days I’ve been following a cleanse programme to help me think about my eating habits with the added bonus that it results in some speedy weight loss.
It’s really not been as hard as I was expecting, even when Little Bear insisted on cooking an extra fish finger for me, or left half a packet of Pom Bears from his lunch. But today, day one back to “normal”, he asked to make a cake!
Now, I’m not a massive cake fan and don’t bake that much so I found a quick four ingredient recipe and we set to work. Little Bear is doing more and more of the measuring, pouring, and mixing every time we cook and he’s really enjoying it.
Once cooked and cooled it was snack time and, obviously, he wanted some of his cake and I had to have some too. He was most insistent and I wasn’t up for an argument, but Little Bear, I’m trying to be healthy and that didn’t help…at least it had raspberries in it!
Little Bear, like children everywhere, shares very little about his time at pre-school. I get a lot of “nothing”, “don’t know”, and “can’t remember” responses when I dare to probe, or he whizzes ahead on his scooter mumbling something I have no chance of hearing.
Last week I managed to get him to open up. Whilst helping me to chop the vegetables for dinner he started freely telling me about his day – who he played with, what they did, whole conversations were repeated back to me.
All my questioning and sneaky tactics that have failed over the last year were a waste of time. All the boy needed was a pepper and a knife!
The downside to Little Bear deciding he wants to cook and chat is that we seem to use twice as many utensils and bowls! He has his own knife and chopping board, so that’s a double up already.
And then he wants to put all the ingredients into the pan.
I would just put paprika in, but for him I have to put it in a bowl to then tip in. Butter, I can go from tub to pan, for Little Bear I have to go from tub to bowl to pan. He wants an extra spoon. He wants to separate the peas that have stuck together.
He wants to do the whole thing, and it’s great, I love that he gets involved…but when can he start doing the washing up as well??
Yesterday Little Bear had big dreams for the day, “as a special treat I want to stay at home all day“. I can’t say this filled me with joy, I get cabin fever at an alarming rate! Daddy suggested doing some cooking and Little Bear agreed, and even broke his self imposed seclusion to go out to buy ingredients.
The thing that baffles me though is that when I do baking with Little Bear, I manage it just the two of us, but when Daddy does it I’m called upon to beat eggs and line trays! And maybe do a bit of the clean up too!
Little Bear helped to pour, mix, and beat, but stayed clear of actually touching the mixture, he’s not keen on mess. He was most excited about the tasting though, and I have to hand it to them, they’re good cookies!
I love watching them do things together. It’s so important for children to not see things as boy or girl activities, to have both male and female role models for a range of activities. Well done daddy, we think you’re the best!