The holidays were a cooking and baking extravaganza. It felt like my house was a Betty Crocker factory. Naturally, my 2 ½ year old daughter wanted to be right by my side helping me every step of the way.
Even though it was very difficult for me to let go of the cleanliness and control I usually have in my kitchen, I found that the happiness it brought my daughter was worth every clean up. She took such joy in measuring, pouring, stirring, chopping (soft things with her plastic tea set knife) and of course licking the spatula from all the sweet treats.
Every time I let go of my need for order and neatness I find that my daughter and I have such a blast! If I can be honest, I am a bit of a control freak when it comes to being tidy and organized in my home. But now that I have a toddler I find that taking a deep breath and letting go of the control can be very liberating. I have stopped stressing about the mess, knowing that it may take a little extra work on my part to clean, but it’s worth it for the growth of my child.
I can see her concentration, her deliberateness, her listening skills, her motor skills, and her patience all growing with every experience. The extra bonus is it also improves my patience, lowers my stress level and allows me to lighten up a bit.