Letting Kids Help With: Pancakes and Such

 Whisking pancake batter is one of my boy's favorite things.

Whisking pancake batter is one of my boy's favorite things.

On Mondays, I try to work a reduced work schedule. Sometimes, I try to not work at all. My husband and I have chosen to put our son in daycare only four days a week, and Monday is our day off. This is made possible by the fact that I work for myself — and also by my parents, who are retired and love having time with their grandson.

Yesterday was a day when I needed to work some, but I didn’t need the full day. So, my boy and I could enjoy a slower-paced morning, and that meant we had time to make breakfast together. It had been awhile since we’ve been able to make pancakes, and I loved it.

This time, we used our usual pancake batter (egg-free and dairy-free) and added peanut butter for a little protein — and some Enjoy Life mini chocolate chips for a little fun.

What I discovered yesterday morning was how much my son loves not only whisking the batter, but pouring … oh, and making decisions.

Yes, it’s shocking (not!) that a toddler likes to have his voice heard.

But what he really did seem to love was saying, “More water,” and then actually being able to add water. If your kids are younger and you have the opportunity to let them help make the batter, I encourage you to consider making your initial proportions such that the batter is too thick. Then, they can request more liquid and actually have a say in the consistency of the batter. It’s a great cooking lesson, and it makes the exercise a lot more interactive for you as well.

 Our peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes

Our peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes