Recently our oldest daughter was going to miss class and needed to make up the work at home. Obviously this isn’t unusual, but this particular assignment did remind me of yet one more thing I should start to think about, teaching our girls to cook. I have added it to the ever growing list of items we need to accomplish in the 828 days we have until she graduates from high school. It’s just one more thing on a list that is growing daily.
They aren’t helpless and can find themselves food, but they don’t know how to cook a meal or follow a new recipe. So, as I watched her destroy my kitchen making lemon bars, it crossed my mind that we might have some work ahead of us and am grateful that she is learning the basics in Foods class at school. What wasn’t so obvious was where we were going to steal the time we need to teach Cooking 101 at home.
As a family with three teens we are constantly trying to find balance in our schedules. We succeed some days and other days we never see each other at all. They each focus on their favorite sport, have one or two school clubs and to this point have remained honor roll students. It seems reasonable until you realize each activity comes with its own four year plan to college. College showcases for sports, volunteering for clubs, SATs, ACTs and the many more tasks that are divided out into lists to be completed each year of high school.
I have mentioned many times that I need a full wall size calendar divided by year and child to figure out what we are supposed to do and by when. I am overwhelmed and I take a pretty laid back approach to these things. I want to follow some guidelines so our girls eventually move out, but I am also happy to remind myself that lots of people take a last minute approach and life works out just fine. I just want to be somewhere in the middle. Let’s check some stuff off and make sure they are ready to graduate.
Then I am reminded they have to eat when they move out and haven’t learned to cook. Whoops. I have assumed that one of the assets we have as a family is being able to eat dinner together most evenings. I have it ready when the people pour in and we eat immediately. On most nights this gives us about 60 minutes to eat, laugh together, see who escapes clean up, get changed, do some homework and move on to the evening schedule. I love that we aren’t too rushed in the evenings.
But, I have learned they like to eat, so I guess I need to add that to the calendar.
I fully intend to take advantage of everything Regan learns in Foods class at school. I also encouraged our Emma to sign up to take the class next year. However, I do feel I have the responsibility to teach our children how to be able to prepare some food, so I guess we will find some time in the calendar. We are pretty free on Wednesdays.
Regan’s food project turned out great. She made amazing lemon bars and they are a family favorite. We laughed a lot about the disaster she created, we talked a lot about her classes, and we had a dance party to ridiculously loud music. Maybe this won’t be such a terrible Wednesday night schedule.