I found these 2 fabulous antique step stools and they have a permant place in my heart and in my kitchen...they are welcome seats for children who want to talk about their day while I make supper or extra counter top space that is just the right height for short cooks.
I get to hear about a variety of topics that might not be brought up like who sat with who at the lunch table, who did a flip on the monkey bars and who had to sit out at recess for not getting their homework done.
It's amazing the amount they share when they feel like they are welcome.
While my kids don't participate in the preparation of every meal - they want to. They gravitate towards me once I start to cook - sneaking bites of everything they can get their grubby little hands on. It's funny too - since I do a lot of prep with veggies. They think they are so good at being sneaky - but I am aware of every veggie that leaves my cutting board - just to proud of my little bunnies to stop them.
Are you children welcome in your kitchen?