In an effort to give our 4 year old granddaughter individual attention, my husband and I have decided to do projects with her on Wednesday afternoons. This week I decided we would bake communion bread. She is a liberated lady and an active child so when I told her to punch down the dough she did it with gusto and appropriate martial arts sound affects! The dough never stood a chance.
After we had whipped the bread into shape she really wanted to roll it out. I frankly thought that was beyond her but she was determined, and by golly she had the strength and focus.
There are so many simple things that children love to do that we don’t realize they are able to do. We only need to take a lot of time and let things develop slowly with minimal expectation of a particular result. I know that is asking a lot in our fast paced lives, but the sense of accomplishment they get by doing something real is invaluable.
Just being there–a very important parenting technique.