how to keep my baby out of kitchen ?

@aweins (4199)
India
July 25, 2011 11:37am CST
my baby is just three years and four months and she wanna do all what i do in kitchen. today i was making chapattis for my family and she came in between to make one on her own without my help. she just want me to keep the dough there and she will roll and do everything with the rolling pin on her own. when i dont have time , i get so frustrated that , i do not know how to handle things and i do not even want to shout at all on her. she is just wanting to do what all i do, that's it. i want to keep her out of kitchen when i work in, but she is so smart that she knows it well that if i am engaging her somewhere i will definately go in the kitchen, lol, and she says mum i will come in the kitchen to help you when you will make chapattis, now what to do? she is o cutipie, i cannot say no to her and then everyday i let her make one, and do all the mess what she wants.
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@naija4real (1291)
26 Jul 11
Get her some lovely toys that she love and that will take her attention while you attend to the cooking business.
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@JoyfulOne (6233)
• United States
25 Jul 11
My kids were like that, my grandchildren were too. What I did was buy a couple of miniature rolling pins at the craft store, and gave them a couple of my old pots and pans and wooden spoons and such. Then I made homemade playdough for them to mold and practice with. I tell them that to become a good cook it's necessary to practice. So, I do my kitchen work and they practice doing what I'm doing, only they're doing it with my homemade non-toxic playdough lol. Keeps them busy, and they think they're doing something too. They were so busy with their pretend cooking that they didn't pay attention to what I was cooking lol. When I'm making other stuff though, I'll let them wash the veggies, or take turns stirring (if it's not something hot.) They all love to cook now, and I was always afraid that I'd kill their creativity and interest by keeping them out of the kitchen. They all started out by being my 'helper' right around the age of 3.
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@maximax8 (31136)
• United Kingdom
31 Jul 11
You could put a safety gate by your kitchen door for a baby which might be too short or a large dog which would be right. Then you could have your daughter do something very enjoyable with a friend of yours. It might be painting a picture or making models out of play dough for example. You could always do your cooking when she is at kindergarten. Good luck.
• United States
27 Jul 11
make the tedious meals while she's is occupied with a nap (pre-making them as far as you can) or while watching tv so you can do what you need to do. Otherwise I'd say let her help with minimal things like adding spices you measured out. I know my eldest is 8 and wants to stir things on the stove and that makes me nervous.
@umabharti (3973)
• India
25 Jul 11
Okay ,so why do not you try to put her in some kindergarten or some thing that is for kids of such age.Maybe she can learn some thing and you can do your household works when she is getting care over there. Or else if some elders are there then you can have your kid play with them so that you can do your job. You try to give her something which she really loves to have rather being back of u all the time. Try to see why she wants to folow you in the kitchen.Kids of such age want to do everything,however as they grow they do understand what is work and what is fun.
@aweins (4199)
• India
25 Jul 11
hi dear friend, thanks for the response, she is in kindergarten but then i have to stay whole time out of that school tat whole period. the school is really far and its no point, no point at all to go back and come again to pick her up. so i have to do my work infront of her which she always want to do with me.
@umabharti (3973)
• India
25 Jul 11
i thought a long for your kid and u.Now either you should see that she just does what she likes or you should have lot of patience to go with the situation. Children of that age would like some toys to play or else some television.However the most thing they like is being with mother and play with her and father.So if she is alone she would like someone to be with her ,if a sister or brother is there then she will be playing or fighting ,If the kindergarten is faroff try some other tuition teachers so that u can send the child to learn and study rather doing kitchen work with u.
@sreesai (215)
• India
29 Jul 11
Hi aweins, you are having cute and helping kid. Engage her with some color clay dough in her play and tell her to do simple shapes, you also play some time with her with that clay dough. while she is trying them you can make chapatis. In between visit her.
@Lxandra79 (1536)
• United States
26 Jul 11
My little one is the same, when I'm in the kitchen he wants to be there with me, or just hug my leg LOL If I had some change lying around I would buy a cage to put in the kitchen so he wont come in there, and also put one in the hallway so he wont go into any other rooms and put all his toys in the living room and the tv on so he can just stay there. why don't you try that?
• Canada
25 Jul 11
Sounds to me like she must have been a chef or something in a past life since she insist on wanting to cook with you even at this young age. Why not set up a small space for her and tell her she can cook there but she also needs to CLEAN UP after. That might keep her away from the kitchen if she has to clean up after haha!! Just think that in a few years, you'll be able to relax while she is doing all the cooking for you!!
@kripa_db (578)
• India
26 Jul 11
Since she is 3yrs i think you should put her in a play home. They learn to interact more and also get engaged in many activities when they start going there. I am sure she will trouble you less then. This is the age where they are curious and very active and they get easily bored so they ask for all the attention.
• United States
26 Jul 11
You can't. Kids just like to be with Mom or Dad...they like to mimic and it's also how they learn. I'm going to suggest something just a bit different than the others, although they were all good ideas. Instead of allowing her to make the same thing you making, which requires several steps, have her make something else. Set her up a small area, give her the utinsels she'll need and the ingredients, let her stir to her hearts content. The home made play dough was an excellent suggestion. Show her how to make it, then instead of rolling it out, pat it out then cut forms to dry. Give her some food coloring and she'll be able to make some lovely little decorations for her room, the kitchen and maybe the rest of the house. She'll have her space with a safe substance and you'll only have to 'look mommy' and say 'oh how nice', while you are busy doing other things that need to be done.
• United States
26 Jul 11
One of the best ways for children to learn is to copy their parents. If you have time let her stir, mix, or even as you said make her own. If you don't have time put up a gate and give her a pot or two with a spoon and let her pretend cook on the other side of the gate. Just my suggestions of what I did with mine.
@pacrptc (231)
• United States
25 Jul 11
i would get another rolling pin so that when you roll dough you can give her a little bit to roll out on her own while you do what you need to do... I hope this helps