It’s a snowy Sunday morning. You get out the package of blueberry muffin mix. You begin cooking some scalloped apples for added nutrition. The kids are watching TV in the next room. Your spouse is checking emails. The household is quiet. Sound idyllic? Perhaps… but it could be better… much better, and much more educational. Here’s what’s wrong with this picture:
It’s a snowy Sunday morning. Everyone eagerly puts on an apron and washes their hands. You show them the recipe of the day, hand out assignments, and begin the muffin preparation. Eight-year-old Amanda measures the ingredients and hands the measuring cup to Jack. Five-year-old Jack knows that his job is to carefully put the measured ingredients into the bowl. Twelve-year-old Linda stirs the mixture and pours it into the muffin pan. One of the adults turns on the oven and places the muffins into the oven. While the muffins bake, everyone participates in cleaning up the utensils and setting the table for breakfast. Twenty minutes later, everyone tells what they learned and how they are proud of their accomplishments.
In the second scenario, in addition to the intellectual lessons, this family is connecting on a personal level that does not involve electronics – no TV, no computer, and no phone. Good old conversation and cooperation has replaced somewhat violent cartoon programs and the impersonal detachment that comes with reading emails and text messages.
It’s time to bring your family back together, even if only for one snowy morning when you’re stuck together anyway! Order Everybody Cooks! STEM Facts and Recipes for Family Cooperation and Healthier Eating - Holiday Favorites Edition to start the fun in your house!
Author: Renee Heiss