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Old 04-04-2012, 02:09 PM   #21
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Oh yeah, my daughter loves when I ask her to push the chopper. She's not pushing it enough to actually chop, but she gets very excited to help me.

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Old 04-04-2012, 02:57 PM   #22
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Re: What do you do with your kids when you are cooking?

I wear my 22 mo old on my back if he is just not happy and no one is around. Or I put him in his high chair with a snack. Lots of times he will watch yo gabba gabba for a few minutes or just play on his own, but not always. He also LOVES to help me cook, so I have him help me measure the rice and water for the rice cooker, he has stirred soups and ground beef, adds noodles to the water, mixes up salsa or helps toss salad. Oh and he loves to sprinkle cheese on everything
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If I can't get them involved in projects, cooking, or playing, I drag out the special box of toys. I put it away as soon as I am done so it stays special. Sometimes I just drag out an empty box LOL and that will keep them occupied for a while
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:39 PM   #24
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I am loving all of these ideas! I always need new ones for cooking entertainment!
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i have also filled the sink with some water and put some non breakable dishes in there for the boys to "wash". We have a chair they can stand on.

A bowl of flour or rice they can stir and I will give them smaller bowl of ingredients--spices, dried beans, ect.

if I am really desperate I will put them in the bath tub. I can see right into the bathroom while standing at my kitchen island. --I didn't do this till about age 2 though.
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Re: What do you do with your kids when you are cooking?

Can you premake more meals? I try to do the majority of our cooking on the weekends and then freeze. Then I just pull it out to cook/bake when we need it. I'm home while they nap two days a week and these days I prepare dinner while they nap and then just cook/bake when it is time.

When I absolutely have to do something tedious while they are up (we have a gate across the kitchen...so they can't get in) I set up a computer on the kitchen table with a Baby Einstein video. That'll keep them occupied for at least 10 minutes depending on the day!
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I recently discovered busy bags. They keep my kids entertained at the table while i cook. I did googling and pinteresting to find some cheap easy ideas. For about $15 in craft supplies i made 10-15 bags to keep them entertained. Now i try to add one activity a week.

I also have 7 quiet bins labeled with days of the week with small quiet toys books and simple reusable craft stuff. Because they only see those toys once a week they seem special.

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Re: What do you do with your kids when you are cooking?

iPad with leap frog videos.

My kid at that age would not sit in a high chair and we switched to a booster and it was 100% better.
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DS1 (2.5) helps cook. DS2 (11m) will either play on the floor with toys or sit in his high chair and munch on some cheerios
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Uggh.... I think I would be having a heart to heart with DH about whether he wants to truly supervise or cook the meal.

The other thing I have had success with is offering appetizers to my child in the high chair while I cook- usually veggies. It sounds like eating is not appealing enough to yours though to do that. I really liked the Learning Tower when we were at the climbing on everything stage. DD was willing to climb in there and not so much on the chairs and table which was what she previously wanted to do.
Okay, I googled the Learning Tower and that looks pretty sweet! Would also be helpful in the bathroom possibly? Of course DD is a bit of a daredevil and I can totally picture her climbing up (which she would love) and then turning around and dive-bombing into the stove. Ooops
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