Thursday, May 6, 2010

Making a Sandwich: Mark of a Genius?

Everyone seems to be pretty amazed at Hunter's fantastic skills.

I had an childcare inspector come in the other day and comment, jokingly (yet still seriously awe-struck), that "He's just about ready for college!"

One parent I interviewed went on about how, she has a friend with a four year old and, for only being five, Hunter was really smart.

The repair man had his two cents to put in, too, commenting how bright Hunter was.

Their cause for amazement?

His intense sandwich making skills.

I did not think spreading peanut butter and honey on a piece of bread was that much of a rocket science. Seriously.

And while they might have thought he's bright, I just call it lazy parenting.

You see, at three years old, when I was making lunches for three kids under three, Hunter was kept busy making his own sandwich. And setting the table and doing other little things like that that toddlers love to do and keeps them out of trouble (while learning a thing or two, it wasn't all selfish). And now he has extended his culinary skills to helping himself to a significantly wide variety of lunch and breakfast materials, with the exception of those which require flames or intensely sharp blades. Although most of the time, he just ops for a sandwich.

I guess one person's laziness is another person's genius.

"Thou preparest a table before me..."
Psalm 23:5
Hunter is 5 years, 1 month old


  1. I have to agree with you, I really think kids love helping so much it's a real shame not to let them -independence really is a fantastic gift to give a child!

    I have a two year old who pulls up his little stool every time I go to the counter, and butters his own toast every morning - without fail. =)

  2. That's great that you feel the same way and let your kid help you. Seems to be a lost art nowadays, yet it's so beneficial.

    That's cool he does that at just two years old. :)

  3. This is an area where I'm like my mother sadly. I was never allowed to really do ANYTHING in the kitchen till I was taking Home Ec in Highschool. I mean even using a mircowave was new to me at that point.
    Now I'm not that bad however, I guess after reading this I do not give him enough freedom in the kitchen.
    Thank-you for sharing and inspiring me to let go lol.


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