This fall, my Snazzy Lads began their first season of Flag Football. Though they have lost more games than they have won, they continue to enjoy playing and are good sports. The other day, after one of their games, one of the other moms commented to me, “I noticed that when the other team members are down, your boys are the ones that help them get up.”
What a proud mommy moment I had! As mothers, we wonder if we are really doing the right things to help our sons grow up to be good men. One way you can teach them to care about others is to get them in the kitchen with you and show them how to cook with kindness. Not only will they learn about being thoughtful, but they are also getting a cooking lesson. Win-win!
Chances are you know someone who is sick. You and your son could make them some homemade chicken noodle soup and take it to them. A pregnant mom would appreciate a freezer meal, for those first few days home from the hospital. Or maybe make a dessert just to show someone you are thinking of them, like Harvest Popcorn. (You could just switch up the colors.) And these Boston Cream Cupcakes are a blast to make!
Most kids love to create, and being in the kitchen is no different.
Maybe they are not old enough to chop vegetables, or stir the pot on the stove. Find some task for them to feel involved, and explain why you are doing this for someone else.
Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. – Dr. Suess
Don’t let the little moments pass you by. It’s the little lessons in life, all pieced together, that make us who we are. Help your sons learn to care for others by cooking with kindness.
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