I'm not a mom that relishes baking with her children. It stresses me out because I'm so focused on getting the recipe right that I treat the kids like a distraction rather than a delightful part of the experience.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Just being honest here.
I think a lot of it has to do with my personality. In the battle between getting to the destination and enjoying the journey, I'm a destination-focused girl.
I'm working on it though because I know that being so driven toward a goal can leave collateral damage in my wake. I want my kids to know I enjoy them and not feel like interruptions or distractions.
Which brings me to cookie baking.
Yesterday the kids and I made some gingerbread cookies together. It started out rough because the dough was hard to roll out and then became too soft and often broke when we used the cookie cutters. Also, I made the worst icing ever because it was very hard to spread.
I was thinking the whole thing was a giant disaster until I noticed my kids were having a great time. They started mixing icing colors together to watch them swirl, they laughed when the reindeer's leg came off and I think more icing went in their mouths than on the cookies. I stepped back and looked at the whole scene and felt the tension melt away.
And I started to have fun, too.
I'm not really into making New Year's resolutions, but yesterday clarified that I need to work on enjoying the journey in 2009. The Christmas season seems like a great time to get a jump start.
I think I'll start by working on a gingerbread house with the kids.