This mom is feeling extremely pampered today. E is working on his cooking merit badge. Today was the day he prepared ALL the meals for the family! Every single meal AND he did ALL the dishes!!!
The cooking merit badge experience has been great. The boys have learned their caloric and nutritional needs and developed three days worth of meal plans that satisfy those requirements. It was nice to see E develop an appreciation for how well balanced some of his favorite meals are. He has always liked tortilla soup, but now that he knows how many requirements it fulfills he seems to like it even more.
I like the shopping trips we do for scouts. I don’t do a very good job of including the boys in that aspect of things, so it’s really been good taking E shopping with a budget.
Beyond the merit badge, scouting is really helping E gain confidence and independence. It’s a great reminder for me that I need to hang back and let the kids contribute more. It’s a huge help when we are packing lunches and the kids make their own sandwiches. Sometimes I think, “Wait, why am I doing this? This kid knows how to pack for a weekend outdoors, cook over an open fire, and use a backpacking stove.”
Cooking doesn’t have to be all about meals. Sometimes it’s still fun to bust out our metric cookie recipes and make a batch of cookies using our best kitchen lab skills.