Noah will be 2 next month and I swear he's 2 going on 30. He's SUCH a "big kid," he loves to help with everything, ESPECIALLY cooking. He has a play kitchen which he plays with all of the time, however, nothing beats the real thing. As soon as I stand at the counter or the sink, I see a chair from the kitchen table "magically" gliding towards me. Next thing I know, Mommy's little helper is standing beside me grabbing at everything he can get his hands on.
He's getting better with his listening, but he's still young. By "young" I mean "sometimes the meal is ruined before it's started," but we're both learning ways to make it work.
For instance, I used to put him in the corner of the counter, so that he was "protected" on all 4 sides while standing on the chair. He had cabinets/counter on 2 sides of him, the back of the chair on one side, and me on the other. This was a disaster. He would grab EVERYTHING on the counter, and if he couldn't reach it, he felt it was close enough to climb for. I found myself being more frustrated than fun, and felt guilty because he was driving me crazy. Now, I stand in the corner where the two counters come together and keep anything he's not allowed to touch behind me on the other counter. It's a whole new experience.
I've also found that if I need an "extra second" and I can't stay right next to him, all I have to do is give him a bowl and spoon and he pretend stirs until I get back.
Be sure to click "Read More" below for ingredients and instructions on how to make these English Muffin Pizzas.