winter break at home

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As I write this it’s Tuesday afternoon of winter break week. Andrew is waiting for me so we can start a science experiment and Isaac is revisiting his Chicka Chicka Boom Boom obsession. There are sketches of coconut trees and magnetic letters carpeting my wood floors.

But I wanted to pop on here for a minute to share this time I had with Isaac this morning.

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It’s easy-peasy for me to have quality time with Andrew. Andrew and I could have quality time together examining our belly buttons. That kid was built to connect. But it’s always been trickier to find things to do with Isaac where I felt like we were both involved, engaged and interacting.

And then I remembered the relational powers of baking.

Isaac started preschool just after he turned 3 and while that was mostly great for him and what he needed…he did miss out on some high quality activities that were part of Andrew’s everyday life at that age. Namely, baking. And when I did bake when he was around, he was never really interested in participating. This morning I thought I’d give it another crack…and I am so glad I did. :)

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He was a natural.

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And he loved the process.

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I kept it just me and him. And I did feel conflicted about chasing Andrew out of the kitchen to go back to his cardboard box inventions…but…Andrew does have a way of taking over…and I wanted this time with just Isaac.

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I love baking with my kids. And today, Isaac loved it too. And tonight after dinner, the whole family will reap the benefits. :)

Alright…off to make fossils with Andrew. I’m out!


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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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4 Responses to winter break at home

  1. Vicki Dill says:

    Yum! Is that a chocolate chip pound cake? Looks like he was engaged in this yummy project.

  2. Ruth says:

    Bless him, he looks so engaged with what is happening.

  3. Anne Hoang says:

    You inspired me to bake. Camille and I made ginger cookies. And I had to reign things in when she sunk her hands into the sticky dough and squeezed (at least in takes 10 minutes to lick all of that dough off your hands) and threw flour (while giggling!) and rolled the cookie dough into all different sizes.

    It was such a balance of control freak and safety monitor and playmate, but all in all, totally worth it. Thanks Robyn.

  4. MamaV says:

    We’ve been doing more one-on-one’s lately as well. L definitely has the tendency to overtake every conversation, plus lately they’re in cahoots with each other and VERY silly. Sometimes we need them apart to connect but mostly to have some peace! Hah!

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