The kitchen is the proverbial hub of every home – well it can be – it is where love is expressed through the creation of physical nourishment! It is where conversations spontaneously happen around the breakfast and supper table. It is where family members congregate at the beginning and the end of the day, in anticipation of a some nourishment, not just of the body, but also the soul!
The kitchen is the place, where a teenager will seek out a momentary counsel with the parent they trust – as parents we need to be alert, open and available for such moments. If you associate the kitchen with a place of connection, it will help remind you to be looking for those moments. Sharing the essential chores of the day, washing dishes, preparing supper, making lunch box sandwiches, these are all opportunities to connect with each other.
“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height…” A song from the classic movie Mary Poppins. One of the happiest memories I have has a child was flying a kite with my Dad at the beach. Once I had children of my own, I wanted to relive that moment. Over the years, we have made some and bought some and loved heading out to the park on windy days and just enjoying the sight of the kite bring tossed in the wind. As my children have gotten older, they have enjoyed the challenge of more complicated designs, but the great old t-bar, a bin liner, sticky tape and some string can be the start of a wonderful creative hobby.