There are so many things for kids to do today. And I know that they are as A.D.D. as we are now, with all the lights, sounds, and screens we have to look at. But I really feel it's important to keep things simple. We try to limit TV time, there are lots of books in the house, and I hope to teach my daughter as many domestic things as possible. When she is ready to knit, I will be ready; I'm learning to sew now so when the time comes, I can teach her. My mother was very creative and made lots of things. I just don't know that it ever occurred to her to teach me these as well.
The other day I had my little tutu girl help me out in the kitchen. Well, she's really just small enough yet to sit on a stool and get into everything. But she looks cute doing it. I realized that when I use my stand mixer she points up and pays attention to the sound but doesn't really have any idea what is going on. So, I thought she deserved a closer look. She is 19 months old now so she can handle it.
I propped her up (in her tutu) on a stool and begged her not to move. We made some icing for a cake and boy did she get into that. I actually caught her sneaking the spatula and licking some for herself. Glad she liked it (and it made for a great camera moment), but I was trying to do something and I needed a little cooperation. I could hear my mom in my head: "I've got to get this done," "You're too little," "You're in the way"—but I had to block the voices.