If only I have magic, I would want to know the innermost thoughts of my boys. I have two teenagers already. Though I would say we are pretty close, there are still times I can’t simply understand them. Perhaps same with those moments they can’t grasp my abrupt change of mood. Thus, as much as possible, we bond over good food and conversation during dinner and weekend meals. And there is another thing we all love doing together – baking.
Yes. My three boys love baking as much as their mom enjoys whipping creams and even greasing that baking pan. And I would say it is one of those bonding moments we can catch up and spend that much-needed quality time together. Beyond that, though, allow this mother to share with you the magic baking together brings to her family.
The magic baking together brings
Discover your kids’ strength
It is often during shared moments like baking that I get to see the strengths of my boys. I would find one child loving to whisk the batter more than designing the cake. Mixing all the ingredients entitles lots of arm strength. And it is his way to show that the task needs a lot of force and effort. He implicitly suggests I can rely on him deeply on tasks requiring endurance. The other boy who prefers to decorate the cake shows his artistic side. He demonstrates that he can turn an ordinary cake into a spectacular piece of food art through his creativity.
Talk with the children
Often, we find bonding such a significant gesture that entails time. On the contrary, everyday stuff that makes up life is a possibility to bond with loved ones, baking included. While greasing that pan or simply preparing the ingredients is a chance to start a conversation. Through baking, I am able to catch up with your children. I ask them how was school. Or I let them talk about that latest science project that earned them good grades and their classmates’ respect. I let them speak, chatter, gossip even, and babble.
Often, we adults would hold back and fear of creating mistakes. Our children, on the contrary, always want to be bold and explore. The way they decorate that cake, for instance, would show how they could be fearless and learn from that mistake. We moms and dads would prefer to do the usual and limit the risks. But then when we look at others, it is often those who step outside their boundaries who experience success.
Fearless baking with Carla Cusinera
Last Saturday, we got to experience baking with Carla Asence. She is a professional pastry chef, more popularly known as Carla Cusinera. She runs a baking business in the comforts of her home. Together with his husband and kids, they bake, taste test, and clean-up. Aside from bringing her family together, baking is an avenue for her children to learn practical lessons like kitchen safety and hygiene.
Carla demonstrated the magic baking brings to families. She shared the steps on how to bake Red Velvet Brownies. She also led the participants on creating their first Red Velvet Crepe Cake. She also showed the convenience of using Maya cake mixes. So easy that even kids as young as seven years old can do it themselves, but of course, with their mommies by their side.
We went home that Saturday full of added knowledge on how to make our breakfast or merienda a lot more fun. We learned of new baking recipes which we would surely do at home. Plus, we got to take home a few Maya mixes and products we could use in our cooking and baking. But most of all, this momi learned something new. She discovered that making time with kids does not entail finding time with them. Even everyday stuff like baking is a perfect way to spend time together.
Want to experience and share this magical moment with your loved ones? Maya Kitchen offers different courses like its popular Basic Baking class. Perhaps, the baking workshop would be that perfect time to discover your kids’ strength or even be at awe on how fearless they can be.
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Devoted. Compassionate, Instinctive. Berlin loves to write personal narratives, thrilling discoveries, and mommy tips that make daily living the happiest. She shares the small house with her husband and their five boys.