Let them Help – Making Dinner

6 10 2012

As a mother, child care provider, and full-time student I don’t have a lot of time within my days to think about dinner.  I am usually busting through my day and when 6:00 rolls around I am normally exhausted and ready to take on my homework for the night, and plan for the next day’s activities.

Last Friday night I had a thought, instead of preparing dinner myself, why not let my two boys and their two friends prepare the dinner for the family.

So off we went to the store to shop for our key ingredients.

That’s Right, Pizza!

Trader Joe’s Pizza Dough

Trader Joe‘s Pizza Sauce

Trader Joe’s Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

– Pepperoni

First we coated the dining room table with flour and rolled out the dough.

Next, Play with the flour.  The little ones were very good at this step.

The older kiddos were in charge of the Sauce, Cheese, and Pepperoni, they were much more focused.

And the finished product…

Knowing the little ones as well as I do, I was fully aware of what I was getting myself into.

I knew this was going to be a much bigger mess than preparing a dinner myself, but it certainly would not have been as much fun for the kids or myself.

Yes, the mess turned out to be enormous, but the smiles I received in return were truly priceless.  They felt as though they contributed to the family dinner and I had an awesome time watching them play and create.

Letting my kids be kids is very important to me.  Messes can be cleaned up, but you are only a child once!

Best Friday night in a while.

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