Two weeks ago our toddler daughter had to stay home due to an unpleasant ear infection. The first days, Eli did not want to do anything. She hardly ate and did not wish to go out to play. Watching cartoons for a little while did help but then of course, she was bored and with no wheel to do anything else. Watching her this way was quite depressing, but I’m the mom, so I should come up with some interesting idea to cheer her up, I thought.
Peanut chocolate chips cookies
So, what if we bake something? Will she be interested? All children love to do things or mimic actions after their parents. So why not to try to engage my daughter with some baking fun-time?
Curiously, the previous week, I got a bag of crushed peanuts and I believed that was a good excuse to use them. I did start by asking Eli if she wanted to help mommy to work in the kitchen, and she seemed fairly interested about it. There I was adding ingredients to a bowl, talking to her to engage in the activity and slowly she assisted as my kitchen girl
Chocolate chips are better in my mouth
My daughter loves chocolate very much and everyday she does ask for it. I have nothing against giving children sweets, but it’s very much up to us parents to control what our children eat and educate them about healthy and proper food. Nevertheless, I do offer dark chocolate which is her favorite and mine as well.
It was time to shape the cookies, add the chocolate chips in top and bake them. This part was a bit confusing for Eli. Once she saw the chocolate chips in a small bowl, she thought this was the morning snack and wanted to eat them instead of using them to decorate the cookies.
Sharing is caring
I went ahead and convinced her that cookies would look nicer if they have something on top and that later once cookies were baked, we could enjoy all the chocolate on top. Yeah, I thought I did convince her but I actually did not. I’m not sure what she said but I think she meant something like one for me one for the cookie. I will not freak out, I thought. Ultimately, she did cooperate during the activity, she was interested, and she had surely learned something from all of this.
After 15 minutes in the oven, our homemade cookies with love from the bottom of our hearts were ready. This was a great experience shared with my daughter. We had to wait another 10 minutes for the cookies to cool down before we could try them.
We definitely had fun. It may not look like “oh wow such an activity” with a sarcastic tone, but the simplest actions shared with the people you love are to enjoy and make the best of that time-shared together.