Have you ever noticed that it's much easier to say "no" at times than "Yes, you may"? Today I was reminded of this and how empowering the words "Yes, you may" really are.
We were busy making rainbow cupcakes (which turned out deliciously well, by the way), when the boys engaged in one of their all-time-favourite activities - messy cooking.
Messy cooking is where the boys are given ingredients (e.g., food colouring, flour, water, etc) and then they are free to mix and create in their own way.
Normally, once the boys have finished mixing and creating, there's a bowl (or bowls & cups & pots & spoons & trays, etc., etc.) of dark goo which is entirely inedible!
The end result of today's activity was no different - two bowls of dark goo.
However, today the boys wanted to take the messy cooking venture one step further. They wanted to cook their creations.
At this stage, my immediate response was 'no'.
After all, there were so many reasons why the mixture couldn't be cooked (e.g., the mixture was too runny/wet - it wouldn't cook. Wait - that's one reason - I'm sure there were more!).
However, today, the answer was "yes, you may". What was the worst that could happen? The mixture would come out running and wet and we'd talk about why it didn't cook. That would be a learning opportunity, surely?
So Daniel's "cake" went into the oven to cook alongside the rainbow cupcakes.
As David's mixture was completed later, we headed to the frying pan so he could cook up some pancakes from his mixture.
I wasn't sure how it would turn out or even if they would cook but David needed to find out!
The end result - one cake (very hard and heavy - but definitely cooked!) made for Teddy Pumpkin and pancakes made for Mouse (which I'm told are Mouse's absolute favourite!).
We ended up with an impromptu picnic under the tree in the front yard. (I think by now the neighbours know we're a bit strange!).
I loved the way the boys proudly dished up their cooking efforts to their toys (fantastic role playing!).
They were so pleased that they'd actually been able to cook something totally by themselves.
I'm so pleased I resisted the urge to say "no - you can't cook these mixtures because ...".
The mixtures did work. The toys said so ... as did the reactions of the boys as they interacted at the picnic.
Note to self: before saying "no", ask if it's possible to say "yes". After all, cleaning up an extra frying pan isn't that hard and the learning that occurred was invaluable! :o
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