I love me those days that lend themselves to alone time with any and/or all of my children, simply by fate. I for one don’t particularly like to schedule specific one-on-one time with my littles – I find it to be too stressful, forced and filled with expectations. Instead I like to make a point to steal it (like a kiss) when the opportunity arises. This gives me chance to pick and choose a good mood or the child who is just in need of some extra Momma love! It also allows me to model and practice that fair doesn’t always mean equal, something I want my children to learn, even at their early ages.
However it is you go about having moments with just one kiddo, I am sure you can attest to how neat it is to observe how their little personalities are different without any sibling interference and the undivided attention of their Momma (or Daddy!).
This past week I got some time with my eldest daughter, Little Momma. The two little kids took an extra long afternoon nap and we decided we could use some muffins for a little road trip we had the following day. And so we got to work baking, using our favourite banana muffin recipe (and adding chocolate chips for good measure!).
Little Momma did it (almost) all on her own. She measured, poured and mixed (in her undies, cuz that’s how we roll!).
She cracked the egg (with very limited shell added) and helped follow along on the recipe (which we wrote out last week in our Cookery Book, as part of our Summer book club).
I even let her scoop the batter into the muffin tin using an ice cream scoop, it got a bit messy, but she was soooo proud, so it was totally worth it!
And of course she had to lick the spoon! :o)
And boy did her muffins turn out great!
Best of all my sweet, four-year-old girly ASKED to clean up! She wiped down all of the counters.
And washed up all of our baking dishes, which she also said was her favourite part!
This sweet girl brings so much joy and sass to my life, and I can hardly wait to see where our adventures take us next!