Baking My Patience

I was planning to bake bread/sugar cookies with my kids, but I was craving for butter cookies as well. So I ended up with what looked and tasted like buttered shortbread. It was good. Good enough to give to other people. I want you to look at the pictures. =)

Bread (more like shortbread)
Hello, Batman! =)
Smileys…a little more and they’ll be creepy. =)
heart heart
The making of Batman

This is what’s really happening when I am baking with my kids. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ Baking with my kids = baking my patience. This picture above is the aftermath of this afternoon’s kneading. ๐Ÿ˜‚ When I started involving my kids in my baking, it did not start as happy as I thought it would. I was imagining a kitchen scene where we would be all so happy just like what you see in videos and cooking shows where kids bake with parents, but No-no-no. After my first try, I never wanted to give them a chance in the kitchen again. haha

With much practice…they are getting the hang of it.

Long story short, it was as if God was telling me to be more patient with them just like how He has been patient with me. Well, if you put it that way, I have no way out. haha. Well, He’s right. As a parent, if I won’t be patient with my kids, WHO ELSE WILL? Who else will take time to be patient with them? If I don’t show them how I could help them learn patiently, they will also easily give up and ignore people who are asking help from them.

So, here’s to hoping that they can pass the same patience when others ask them for help. I can only look at how God has managed to give me chances until I have finally done things right. Whenever the kids make mistakes in mixing, kneading, molding, shaping the bread, etc. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • I don’t (always) get angry anymore. (At least, I try my best not to)
  • Show them how it’s done.
  • Instruct them on how to do it step by step.
  • I let them do it.
  • Correct some mistakes.
  • Let them do it again their way.
  • If they can’t perfect it, it’s okay, there’s another time to do it or make it right.

Nakakahiya naman kay God, kung magalit ako sa kanila. Baking lang ‘to, sa totoong buhay ko nga dami kong nagawang mali, napagbiyan pa ako na gawin ang tama. haha (It can be a bit embarrassing to God if I’ll get angry at my kids. This is just ‘baking’. In real life, I’ve done too many mistakes, yet he has given me a chance to make things right).

rolling

I believe that kids learn effectively when learning is incorporated in their activities. Baking helps them learn the ingredients, measurements, steps, tools, and many more. Kids make mess all the time, I think this one is a productive one. They enjoy it, I need the extra hands as I give the instructions, and they share stories while kneading.

pasta

At first, I did not enjoy when the kids were helping me bake, but my patience has truly been stretched or ‘baked’ the whole time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, I would always wait for them, even if it means baking my patience again and again.

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34 thoughts on “Baking My Patience

  1. I really love the idea of baking with the kids. Indeed your patience will be tested. And I like the different shapes even the happy faces. Would love to try this with my boys. And yes, I remember those times we baked. Indeed, my patience was put to great test.

  2. I feel you, though baking is a nice bonding with kids, there are times that I want to bake alone. If I’m in a good mood and alam ko marami ko pasyensya, I let my son helps me in the kitchen. It is fun and messy plus memorable experience din.

  3. This is a great post. Having patience and spending quality time with your children is awesome and a blessing. I have learned to celebrate with my son, he is 14 but I try to do things with him so that I too can show him love and patience. Blessings to you.

  4. I cook with the kids, not as much baking (mainly because I hate to follow recipes ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) I always found it takes longer to do it, but it is worth the investment! Thanks for sharing your journey!

  5. I can totally relate with everything you said! First time I cooked with my son, I felt like I was never going to wanna cook with him again! But then, just as you said, I realized that if I didn’t have patience with them? Who would? So I changed my attitude and started to teach them more patiently, not getting mad when they made a mistake. After all, they’re just kids. Great post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Awwwโ€ฆ so cute! Iโ€™ve been into baking lately, started just last year and I want to bake with my daughter someday. Sheโ€™s just 2 now, still few years moreโ€ฆ oh I just canโ€™t wait. Baking your patience, yes! but I know that seeing your childโ€™s happy faces when they saw their baked sugar cookiesโ€ฆ sobrang saya ka for sure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Reading this post made me miss baking. It’s been years since I started on a baking hiatus and I would love to make cookies with my daughter. Envy you with this!

    1. Don’t worry. It doesn’t really have to be always through baking. ๐Ÿ™‚ Every activity can be an avenue for kids to learn and for us parents to learn as well. ๐Ÿค—

  8. I like what you said: we need to be patient with our kids because if we dont, who else will? Iโ€™ll keep that in mind always. Thanks for reminding me.

  9. My sister in law in US she also loves baking, like you she is trying to teach her kids to learn but suddenly she wanted to do it alone nalang daw kasi mas lalo syang matatagalan sa trabaho nya. heheheh! I would love to learn this, thatโ€™s why I always remind my husband that after our priorities (charot) kaylangan nya akong bilhan ng oven. Para naman may matutunan ako hehehe!

  10. Parenting is really a huge test of patience. Haha! I can get impatient with my kids sometimes although I do try to improve myself in that aspect as well by reminding myself that they are still very young and have much to learn. I havenโ€™t tried baking with them though but we have cooked together. We survived naman. Haha!

  11. Baking looks like a fun bonding experience for mums and kids, but, I must agree, it will be a great test of patience since the kids are bound to make a mess and they may even deviate from mumโ€™s instructions from time to time. Love how you summed it that we ought to be patient with our children the way God has been patient with us all this time. Thank you for the reminder. I am not into baking but it is something I look forward to enjoying with my boys one day soon. But first, let me save up for an oven! ^_^

    1. Instead of baking, you can try cooking with kids. =) It will be a great post for you, you might have a “Cooking my Patience” title. hahaha =)

  12. Itโ€™s great to enjoy times with kids. All the messes they made upโ€ฆ weโ€™ll surely be missing them when our kids are grown up. Letโ€™s hug their childhood today cause it will soon be leaving just tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. So cute! I haven’t baked cookies yet (from scratch) pero sana soon! I love that your kids were actively participating. It looked like they had so much fun, kahit magulo ang ending ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Yeah, what seems to be happy and enjoyable during activities with the kids not always as expected. The struggle to keep calm as possible was sureal! ๐Ÿ˜“

  15. This is wonderful!! I donโ€™t have kids, but I can imagine baking with them would be trying at times. Taking the time to show and explain and not just tell them would go a long way. Godโ€™s so patient with us…itโ€™s only right to extend it to others. Especially our children.

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