Ah, summer is coming. The temperature is rising. School will be out soon and you've all of a sudden realized that you will be responsible for entertaining those lovely little beings that have been at school all day. There's only so many days you can go to the pool/beach/amusement park, and some days you will find yourself at home. You want to be active, you want them to have a good time, and you definitely want to limit their tv/videogame/electronics time - you want them to use their minds and definitely, you don't want any arguing.
What's a busy mom to do? There's virtually no way to win at the above equation, is there?
Why not create a cooking calendar?
Just what it sounds like, a cooking calendar is a schedule that you create of items you wish to cook. Have you always wanted to try your hand at making homemade bread? Chocolate ice cream? Bagels, pretzels or croissants? Maybe homemade peach butter, with peaches you've picked yourself!
Start with a large piece of posterboard and a blank paper. On the paper, jot down a list of every food that your family is interested in creating. It can be as elaborate as Baked Alaska or as simple as Ants on a Log. Let your imagination go wild and pick foods that have always been on your radar. Then, determine how often you can devote time to cooking with your children. Will it be a once a week activity? Every couple of days? Set up your calendar to devote time to these recipes.
When the day comes, take your children to the grocery to buy the items, if necessary. Go over all the basics of kitchen safety - tie back long hair, wash hands, discuss cutting boards and sanitation. Read over the recipe and select one child to get the ingredients ready on the counter - and then, get ready to have fun!
When you've created your masterpiece, take a picture (or have your child draw one!) and mount it on your posterboard. At the end of the summer, you will have a poster full of goodness and your children will not only have a new set of skills, but they will have a sense of accomplishment.
And that beats a summer of video games hands down.