Tiny Clowns in the Kitchen
I'm in the kitchen cleaning up after a day of baking. An apple pie with a crumbled topping is the last thing in the oven. In from school walks my 4-year-old daughter, who immediately proclaims, "What smells so delicious? Like apples and cinnamon." My husband and I exchange a look about the precocious nature of our daughter, as this isn't the first time she's demonstrated her culinary skills. My little pixie is known to distinguish between the spices in different dishes and can tell when we've added something to an oft-made dish.
Long before food was my work we were exposing our kids to a variety of flavors and styles. I view their time in the kitchen with us just as any other part of parenting, and we teach them how to taste and cook and eat. Plus, getting the kids in on the action in the kitchen has given us some of our favorite memories, both while we're cooking and while we're eating together.
From nightly laugh-fests around the table as the kids take turns doing improv routines to them running away with the broccoli in the backyard, my kids are not only learning their parents' love for food, they're also learning their father's sense of humor, one that's more sarcastic than not. Oh how I hope they make it through middle school and high school in one piece. Of course, they could always win people over with brownies if the humor bit doesn't sell.
The half-hour unscripted series “Seriously Funny Kids,” hosted by supermodel and supermom Heidi Klum will debut on Tuesday, February 1, at 9 pm et/pt on Lifetime.