I love cooking, and like I said yesterday, have gotten back into the habit of making our nightly dinners. The kids love being in the kitchen with me while I'm cooking, especially Ben. So how do I get dinner made each night? I let him go through all the drawers, cabinets and cupboards, pulling everything out, climbing around everywhere, and oh, just sitting in drawers exploring cool kitchen tools like the splatter screens. :) Right before we sit down at the table, we sing the clean up song, and put everything away (which is actually his favorite part :)).
Hey, he's happy, not screaming, and playing independently. And we get a good homemade dinner on the table. Sounds like a win-win to me, right? :)