Cooking with small kids can be a joy for them and for you. Cooking with older kids, especially a teenager, will pass on life skills and create memorable, shared accomplishments. Maybe, just maybe, a lot more will come out of the experience than a chocolate cake. We read about one smart mother who used the kitchen as a parenting tool. Whenever one of her daughters had a crisis--from a fender bender to a broken heart--she would head for the kitchen with that daughter in tow. There she would bake something with her daughter and make it all better. I'm sure the cakes and the pies were minor contributions. The conversations, the friendships, and the opportunity to mutually engage in a constructive conversation were invaluable.
Whether with your children, your grandchildren, or the neighborhood children, don't miss the opportunity to bake with kids. Our desire is that these recipes will come to represent many happy moments and memories for you and the kids in your life.
Cookies and Just Plain Fun for Kids.