Every year when it comes to holidays, our family tries really hard to continue past traditions and think up of at least one new tradition to start. For some reason, before now I’ve never really thought of starting a non-holiday tradition for an individual child.
It all started when, about a month ago, 3.5 year-old SuperGirl stopped taking naps (I still cry a little over this). I think it took a full week of trying to put her down and having her get up for my husband and I to realize that this was it. The day had come. Naps were a thing of the past!
Then, it took me another week to realize that this was something I could take advantage of in terms of building my relationship with SuperGirl, as every other time WonderGirl is always with us. I actually only have one shift during the week with SuperGirl during naptime–Tuesdays, the day when I go to Bible study in the morning and our usual schedule gets shifted around.
I finally thought of something we could do every Tuesday together, something that would not only bring us closer together because it’s something only she and I do, but something that’s good for the entire family: cooking!
Specifically, cooking desserts. In my continual effort to keep my husband from bringing junk food into the house, it seemed like a good idea to make a sweet treat once a week that could last us until the next week. And since SuperGirl already has a sweet tooth, this way I can teach her how to make better-for-you desserts (for us, that means vegan; although we try not to use oil in other recipes, I’ve found that some desserts just aren’t the same without it, so I make an exception).
Last Tuesday was our first Dessert Day–a new tradition for just SuperGirl and myself. We looked through some of my cookbooks, and she chose to make a Blueberry Coffee Cake with Cinnamon Walnut Crumble Topping (from Let Them Eat Vegan!, if interested). It was delicious!
This coming Tuesday (tomorrow) she’s chosen to make a Red Velvet Cake with Buttercream Frosting (from The Vegan Table…just typing that recipe name is making my mouth water). So far I approve of her choices! And I have to say that on my own, I might never be so adventurous; in fact, the coffee cake was the first “cake” I’ve ever made!
But Dessert Day is not the only tradition I’m creating with SuperGirl; I decided to also take a picture each week with SuperGirl and the dessert she creates, a sort of photo collection we’ll be able to look through in the future and see not only how much she grows over time, but all the different things we’ve created. Since I’ve come up with a million excuses in the past for why I always forget to take pictures now that the girls are toddlers, this is a great weekly reminder.
Here’s a picture of SuperGirl with her first creation, the Blueberry Coffee Cake. =)
Do you have any specific traditions you practice with your child apart from the holidays? Or if you haven’t gone so far as to call it a tradition, what is something special the two of you do together?
I’m Elise Rome, AKA Midnight Mama because I’m usually burning the midnight oil. If SuperGirl (3, with a speech delay) and WonderGirl (2, my very own hip attachment) aren’t getting up in the middle of the night, then I’m busy working on writing and writing-related business until morning. Both my husband and I stay home with the girls (he’s a writer, too! www.lukasholmes.com), but usually I’m focused on them throughout the day and only get started working until after 8pm when they’re both in bed. I’m a former Texan now living in Colorado who desperately misses no-snow winters, and my parenting goal is to raise my daughters to be strong, intelligent, and independent women…much like the heroines I write, as a matter of fact. I’m a recovering perfectionist, recovering procrastinator, and perpetually aspire to keep the house clean (because it never actually is). When I’m not chasing around my daughters or adoring my cooking/cleaning/diaper-changing husband of 8 years, I write historical romances about women who fascinate me and men who somehow always remind me of Rhett Butler, the first literary hero who captured my heart. www.eliserome.com