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08/31/2015

Active Parenting Tips to Get Cooking with Your Child

Active parenting is spending quality time with your child for them to achieve appropriate developmental skills and gain self-esteem. We know how important it is to interact and spend time with our child. Hectic lifestyles make that time hard to find.

Turn On the Oven to Start Quality Time

Baking with your child allows for a wonderful opportunity to spend time together. Baking cookies improves your child’s developmental skills and improves the parent-child relationship. You can help your child build language skills, critical thinking skills, motor skills and math skills. Because recipes follow a set sequence and measurements, products, chemistry and time. Cooking and baking require lifting, sifting, pouring, whisking, beating and stirring. Raw ingredients are combined in a specific order to produce a finished product. Heat may be necessary to alter the raw ingredients. Cooking is both art and science. Children can be creative and enthusiastic.

Plan, Prep, Process, and Performing

You can help your child learn while baking. Planning, preparing, processing and performing. The planning phase involves decision making and organizational skills. Before starting, you can ask your child to decide what you are going to make. Once they have selected what they want to make, you need to find a recipe. Have your child determine if you have the ingredients on hand, or if you need to buy them. The next step is preparation. This requires gathering all the ingredients that are needed as well as all cooking tools. Processing is reading and understanding what needs to be done. Performing is the act of putting all these parts together and creating the dish or dessert. These steps are new and interesting to children. They are the same steps that are needed to be successful with school assignments and tasks. You could ask an older child to take on the task of preparing a meal once a week or once a month. It offers them responsibility and an idea of what it will be like when they are on their own. This family time is great for toddlers to teens. It brings the family together, provides the quality time, improves your child's learning and developmental skills, helps build independence, and can bridge the generation gap by carrying on family traditions. Get started with this easy and fun recipe.

Lenguas de Gato Recipe

From Spain, Lenguas de Gato are paper-thin buttery, sugar cookies. They're shaped like a cat’s tongues. They are delicious dunked in coffee or cocoa, paired with ice cream, or simply nibbled one after another.
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Two egg whites
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease baking sheets and set aside. Cream butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed. Add vanilla and lemon rind and beat on medium. Add egg whites and continue beating until lightly textured. Slowly stir in the flour and add salt. Put the dough in a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch round opening — plain tip #11 or #12. Or a ziploc bag with one of its tips snipped is a good substitute for a pastry bag. Press dough onto cookie sheet in 2-1/2-inch lengths, spaced at least an inch apart since the dough will spread when baked. Bake until cookies are lightly browned around the edges, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove them immediately from the pan and cool on cooling racks. These cookies burn quickly. I take this to heart every time I make them. I watch the cookies while I wait patiently for their edges to crisp and brown.

Tutoring in Sugarland

The Tutoring Center in Sugarland is here to help with reading, math, and writing skills programs. With one-to-one instruction and academic programs like "Geniuses In Training"The Tutoring Center in Sugarland provides the best tutoring in Sugarland for your child. Call 8322319290 today for your child's free diagnostic assessment.

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