It’s a big part of what we do as a family. In fact, my kids don’t consider a house a home until we’ve baked there. My kids know how to measure with spoons and cups. They know the difference between baking soda and baking powder. They can tell you when a recipe calls for teaspoons or tablespoons. And, they’ve been able to do all of this since before they started school.
Autumn competed in a baking tournament when she was just six. She won with a cupcake of her own creation based on reading recipes and splicing them together until she crafted her ultimate cupcake. The only thing I did to help was purchase the ingredients and take the cupcakes in and out of the oven (hey, she was six, I’m not crazy).
We bake like fiends for the holidays and at least monthly after that. We bake for anything and everything.
My son baked his teacher’s favorite cookies as part of their holiday presents this year. He didn’t think anything of him making the cookies on his own but when his teachers thanked me, they were surprised and impressed that Maddox had done it on his own.
Baking has helped my kids (and me) work through those rough days in the wake of the divorce. It’s a time when we can clear out the kitchen, experiment with various confections, and forget the sadness for a time. It doesn’t cost much and you can give away the fruits of your labors if you don’t want to eat them.
February is National Bake for Family Fun Month, make sure you take some time out to try it out with your clan!