Working with Children Is a Long Term Investment

Over the past several years, my two nieces have worked alongside me on Sundays making tortillas. Abby portions the dough out, and then Bethany forms them into balls. As you moms know, having younger ones apprentice with you takes more time than doing it yourself. But with patience, they learn and can accomplish the task themselves.

I saw this in practice on Sunday. I asked the girls if they wanted to make (as in roll!) the tortillas. They did! They rolled big, beautiful tortillas, and I cooked them. I knew they could, as they’ve rolled before, but it was exciting to see fruit of our work as they did over half of the batch.

So, sweet mommies, take heart. And keep working with your littles!


“The thoughts of the diligent tend only to plenteousness;
but of every one that is hasty only to want.”
Proverbs 21:5

19 thoughts on “Working with Children Is a Long Term Investment”

  1. I love this! I’ve had my son helping me in the kitchen since he was a year old. He loves to cook… And he’s only 3!

  2. I love seeing this post! And it’s so true!! Though it take a little longer at first to have the younger ones help, before you know it their help will be an invaluable asset!! Great reminder, Sarah. Thank you! <3

  3. Ah, this is so true. My daughter is roughly Abby’s age, I think, and she has become such a big help. Those difficult years where it took twice as long and made three times the mess are paying off!

  4. Thanks for the reminder. It can be so easy as parents to just “do it yourself” in order to get it done faster and move on to the next thing. Thanks for the reminder to take the time for those teachable, trainable moments. πŸ™‚

  5. My son has been helping in the kitchen since he was probably about 4. He’s 15 now and very competent and creative in the kitchen. He loves experimenting with different ingredients and cuisines, and has even talked about wanting to go to culinary school — fine by me! I think all children benefit from knowing the love and effort that goes into the food they eat!

  6. Wow! Abby and Bethany are certainly growing up into lovely young ladies!

    After years of work, my daughter independently and without prompting made lunch for us most of the summer. It was such a blessing to me and my husband. Definitely worth all the time it takes!

    Thanks for the reminder and the lovely photos,

  7. Thank you for posting this! So precious. It definitely encourages me to do this with my little girl. The rewards and memories will be worth the initial sacrifice of time. Abby and Bethany are growing up so much!

  8. My siblings Joyanna, Joshua, and Abigail love to help me cook. I enjoy it as well.

    Could we set up a time to face time soon? I have some exciting news to share.
    Thought you might find this funny, Sarah. The other night my little sister told me she liked reading the Moody serious with me (she means series). ??

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