When I have the time, I really love to cook. As an avid Food Network viewer, creating meals from scratch is sort of my thing. I'm not, like, the best at it or anything, but going through the motions is calming. Well, unless I have a kid hanging on my leg, begging to mix this or pour that. There's a whole bunch of things I'd rather do than let my toddler "help" with dinner and none of them include him actually "helping" with dinner. Sorry, kid but the truth hurts sometimes.
I love that my kids have a love for cooking and baking, don't get me wrong. However, on the days when I'm already super-stressed, I covet my quiet kitchen time. After a few episodes of Chopped or Beat Bobby Flay, I'm ready to cook my way to greatness (even if neither child will eat whatever "greatness" I have cooked). My 10-year-old daughter is usually more insistent in helping, and, at times, I don't mind. My 5 year old, on the other hand, just squeezes in and starts doing stuff. He'll pull up a chair, grab an apron, and mix whatever he can reach without so much as a, "Can I help, Mom?"
Adorable? Yes. Is my child ruining in my journey towards finding zen? Absolutely. Not to mention the days I just want to throw something together real quick and don't need all the hands and messes. With that, here are some things I'd really rather do than let either of my kids, and especially my toddler, help with dinner. Sorry not sorry, but I don't always have time to do a 60 minute prep session for a 10 minute, toddler-mixed, meal.