Whether you have one or multiple kids, one thing is apparent – when you have kids for the first time you find yourself asking this question multiple times throughout the day…”where’s my sanity”. Don’t you just love how kids have a way of making you crazy?!!
Take today for example, I waited until Luke woke up from his nap to make some banana bread because I wanted him to “help” me in the kitchen. It’s supposed to be fun, right? I have learned that I have to manage my expectations here because I do get a little….territorial in my kitchen. When I’m on a mission in the kitchen I don’t mess around and everyone in my family knows that no one is allowed in the kitchen when I’m cooking. That’s why we have stools on the OTHER side of the island, I love when I’m accompanied in the kitchen while I’m cooking but my husband will be the first to tell you that I don’t like to be interrupted when I’m cooking.
Needless to say, I really try to “let go” when I have Luke helping me in the kitchen. I love having him nearby, getting him actively involved in preparing our food and handing down my favorite recipes to him. Since food and cooking is a fun family time for us, it’s also an important bonding time for all us. Well, I got all of our banana bread ingredients out on the island and while I poured the last of the 2 cups of flour into the measuring cup and when I look over at Luke, all I see is a little hand fly into the flour and after a couple seconds I look through the dust cloud that surrounds us and we’re both COVERED in flour. It’s all over the kitchen, all over the floor, all over his stool, in our hair, you name it. I have to tell you my first reaction was NOT to laugh and roll around on the floor with him giggling (like you see in the movies) because I knew I had to clean it all up. So I stood there for about 10 seconds wondering what to do next and I looked at Luke smiling at me and thought….”Yup, there’s where’s my sanity is.” The first thing Luke did? Taste it! From the look on his face I could tell he was a little confused why it didn’t taste as good as he hoped it would. I was trying not to get frustrated but how could you possibly blame that adorable innocent (yeah right!) little face?!
As Moms, we give so much of our “sanity” to our kids that we do have to remember to re-stock ourselves with a little more sanity from time to time. Think of it as your “sanity gas tank”! Filling that tank for everyone will be different but for me simple pleasures like a cup of coffee or 15 minutes of reading something for me (a parenting book doesn’t count!) fills my sanity tank up. Take this as your weekly reminder to take a breather and do a little something for yourself this week, you’ll feel better for it and your family will thank you! 🙂
Here’s the before picture of Luke in his adorable little apron “helping” in the kitchen. No there isn’t an “after” picture because while I did think about it at the time I was still keeping Luke’s attention from not smearing the butter all over his face to taste that too. Does anyone have any suggestions for more “kid friendly” recipes??