We all know that a cookie can be a great reward. We all know that baking with your kids is so much fun (and teaches measurements, counting, and science), well always fun for them and sometimes for us. Why not combine the two? Here is what Sylvia (mom of 4 kids) shared with us:
Over the weekends I find it difficult to keep my children from bickering and being rude to each other. Three of my kids are in school and the youngest is 3, so the weekends are the times we are all together non-stop. It can sometimes be unbearable for all of us, especially when the kids start fighting. To encourage them to get along better (without shelling out money) I started a cookie mix reward system. Every time we make it through breakfast, lunch, a craft, heck...even just an hour without an argument or meltdown, I announce that I am going to the kitchen.
In the kitchen I will have a large bowl ready. Every time I announce I am going to the kitchen, I add an ingredient to the bowl. I always start with flour, then baking soda/powder, etc. I go through all of the dry ingredients in the recipe one at a time. For every good moment an ingredient is added to the bowl. As far as the wet ingredients, I will put in the sugar, then the next time I will set out the butter to soften. After that, I pretty much have to add all the other ingredients, so I make that a big to-do and is only following a big gesture of love from the kids to each other. Oh, by the way, we will usually take turns adding the ingredients each instance. We all make the cookies together and then enjoy the nice warm cookies out of the oven together. Believe it or not, this actually works! We do it every weekend. We will be eating a lot of cookies over Christmas break!
That is a great tip. Maybe this is something you would like to try at your house, too. I will be filing this one away in my mind for future reference. My kids aren’t quite old enough yet to get this concept, but we do a lot of bickering and fighting already. So I know we will need this in the future. Thank you so much Sylvia for sharing this great idea with us!