This Mama Mondays post is barely squeezing in before midnight…I am still trying to work in a blogging routine… speaking of routines, I just finished watching the second lesson in the Real Foods Kids class on GNOWFGLINS which is all about developing a routine for involving kids in the kitchen.
I don’t want to repeat everything in the lesson here; I recommend that you sign up for GNOWFGLINS membership so you can see it firsthand (I always think of the verse, “thou shalt not muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the corn,” but that seems hardly complimentary when referring to lovely blogging ladies! No woman wants to be referred to as an ox… 🙂 Basically, I think Wardeh deserves the small membership fee for all her hard work!) You can also try a membership for just one month when the course is finished–so you can watch all the videos at once–if you’d like to get the most bang for your buck ($10 or so for 19 lessons and lots of downloadable, printable files to help with organizing and planning, plus access to the forums with valuable Q & A )
Advertisement overwith, I thought I’d share my application of this past weeks’ lesson. The biggest KEY I got from Lesson 2: PLAN GRADUALLY. Apparently, we all have routines (it’s the way we do things every day) so all we need to do is tweak them and keep on tweaking until we get to where we’d like to be. My goals this week are to (1) get my small children involved in making breakfast and (2) since she isn’t up at breakfast time, to get my stepchild to do her chore in a way that complements the breakfast routine.
A little explanation is in order: We make steel-cut oats for breakfast in a crockpot so it can soak overnight to reduce phytic acid (remind me to post the recipe for Recipe thuRsday!) and slow-cook to be ready at breakfast time. We also eat hard-boiled, free-range eggs instead of taking multivitamins (the higher cholesterol should help our FXS child with her autism symptoms). My stepdaughter’s chore is to empty the dishwasher after she eats breakfast so we can load dirty dishes into it the rest of the day (for which she gets $1/day). According to the GNOWFGLINS eCourse, there are four “levels” of kid-cook, Swing, Line, Sous, and Head. Right now I’m designating my preschooler and FXS kindergartener as “Swing” cooks, and my stepdaughter as a “Line” cook. They can graduate once I figure out what those cooks are supposed to be able to do…
Here is our new breakfast routine:
Breakfast Routine: Add flavoring to oats, Boil & Peel eggs, pour drinks, pray, eat, clean.
- [Line +] Pre-measure spices and honey;
- [Swing] Add spices and honey to oats;
- [Swing] Stir
- [Swing] Serve into bowls
- [Line +] Pour milk onto oatmeal
- [Swing] Place on table with spoon
- [Line +] Get filtered water from the ‘fridge
- [Swing] Add 16 eggs gently to the pot
- [Swing] Pour water over eggs
- [Line +] Turn stove on
- [Line +] Watch for boil
- [Line +] Turn on Timer
- [Line +] Reset Timer and turn off stove
- [Line +] Scoop out eggs into bowl
- [Swing] Peel eggs
- [Line +] Chop eggs in half; sprinkle salt
- [Swing] Distribute eggs (4-D, 4-M, 3-A, 3-C, 2-E)
- [Swing] Place on table
- [Swing] Shake yogurt milk
- [Line +] Pour yogurt milk into cups for everyone
- [Swing] Place on the table
- [Swing] Scoop portions for D and A.
- [Swing] Scoop any leftover oatmeal into a glass jar with lid
- [Line +] Wash and dry oatmeal crock
- [Line +] Wash egg pot and return to stovetop
- [Swing] Wipe down table
- [Swing] Rinse dishes
- [Line +] Place bowls/plates/spoons in dishwasher or sink
- [Line +] Wipe counters and stove
- [Line +] Sweep floor
It seems like the trick is to break everything down that you already do into smaller, age-… sorry, cook-appropriate tasks and add clean-up in there. My goal is to teach and encourage the girls in these steps this week!
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