Dinner tastes better made with love and with candles flickering on the table. Kal did all that tonight, plus set the table very carefully, thinking of everything we would need for the meal.
Yep, our ten-year-old made scrambled eggs and bacon. The toast was on an as-needed basis. We're proud of him!
Actually, when Kal did all the cooking tonight, I started wondering why I don't have my children cook more often. I guess I just don't think about it, but they're capable of so much more than I think to let them do. Kara (nine years old) often only needs minimal guidance following a recipe. Kal likes to cook with a little of this and a bit of that. He can follow a recipe, though, when he's tasked with it.
What's even more interesting to me is that Kal started off this evening on the snarky, mouthy side. I told him to help me make dinner just to give him a job to do. As I puttered around the kitchen putting away clean dishes, he dug into food prep, and ended up making everything himself.
As soon as he was immersed in the project, he developed a sense of pride in what he was making. He was careful to make the eggs just so, careful with the bacon. He had a fabulous attitude the entire time. He even mentioned an interest in being a chef when he grows up. We'll see about that, but for now, he's learning his way around a kitchen pretty well.