With back to school time creeping up on me, I'm coming to grips with the fact that, GASP! I'm going to have a middle schooler this year! I know, I definitely DO NOT look old enough to have a child that old, but that is my reality. Although I love when my kids go back to school, it is always such a chaotic time at our house. I also go back to my second job at the elementary school so we are constantly rushing around. Now that my daughter is older, I can give her more responsibility around the house, like making an after school meal for herself and her little brother. She knows how to turn on the over and read directions so I'm pretty sure she can handle this task!
I went to Walmart to pick up some easy to make (but delicious) foods to stock the freezer with. My son is a pretty picky eater but I knew two foods that he would not say no to, Bagel Bites, made with real cheese and homemade sauce (and 0g trans fat) and Delimex.
And it was a good thing that we got the groceries when we did because someone was starving after cheer practice, and a smaller someone was hungry after swimming lessons. So I put the older someone to work!
Since she already knows how to work the oven, the only thing she had to do was read the box to find out what temperature to set it to, put the Bagel Bites and Delimex taquitos on the baking pan and stick the pan in the oven. This might not seem like a big task, but when you are running as much as I do, any small help is AMAZING. Asking her to help me with tasks around the house teaches her responsibility which is so important at her age.
My daughter has been asking me if she can start babysitting, and although I'm not sure I'm ready for that step yet, I know that if it ever comes down to it she will be able to cook something easy for herself and the kids she is watching. Teaching her basic skills, like how to make herself an after school snack, really makes her so much more independent. Needless to say both kids polished off the entire box of Bagel Bites and a couple of the taquitos as well.
Of course it's always great when you can impress your little brother with your mean cooking skills AND get a delicious easy to make snack for yourself!