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For the longest time, dd would play happily in the kitchen with her "tools" while I got dinner going every day. The last couple of weeks though have been miserable. I've been offering her a snack around cooking time, thinking that maybe she's hungry, but it doesn't seem to help. She's fussing, crying, and hanging on my legs, all of which make it hard for me to get dinner made. I've been trying to find ways for her to help, but am at kind of a loss. She's only 14 months old, and other than stirring, I can't think of any other ways she could "help" me.<br><br>
Any suggestions for ways she can help, or activities that are good in the kitchen? We don't have a step stool or anything...at what age would you introduce something like that? I miss our calm, happy late afternoons!!
 

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Can she stand on a chair and play at the sink? That can keep ds busy for the longest time! Depends on what you think of her ability to stand on a chair by herself, though.
 

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This is exactly what I had to do for my ds when he was about 14 months old. I put a smock on him (for painting) and let him pour water in cups in the sink. When that became old, I sat him up on the counter and let him stir in an empty bowl for a bit. Now he has graduated to stirring in bowls that have things in them - i.e. HELPING me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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We have a play sink in the kitchen for DS. It's small, wood and has a plastic "sink". It would be easy to make. Basically a wood rectangle and a whole cut out to fit the plastic tub for the sink. He is on the ground and plays long enough!! We have now graduated to ds carring a small cup of water and pours it in his sink. Of course it is a clean up job after, but it's only water. I also give him a clean wet sponge, and ask him to wash the cupbourds or walls, his "helping" and loves it.
 

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maybe you can also carry her in the sling...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> ds is the same age as your dd and i cant imagine him standing on the chair by himself ...( anyway we dont have chairs in the house..<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) so i carry him in the sling and he "helps" me to cook...another thing make a special cabinet for her.,...like an ordinary cabinet (very low) put there all the unbreakable non cutting things for her to play with.....that helps a lot...
 

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dd does have pretty much the run of the kitchen cabinets. We're fortunate in that we have tons of cupboards, so all the lower ones contain unbreakable, kid-friendly stuff. I think she is really wanting to "help" and see what I'm doing because she asks to be picked up frequently. She's not much of a climber yet, so I'm not sure how a chair/stepstool would work, but I'll certainly try it (while watching her very closely!!). Perhaps I'll need to brush the dust off my crock pot and use that for a while? It would be good practice for after our baby is born in July!!
 

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I got my ds a learning tower around this age. That way he can stand safely at counter level without me worrying too much. They're kind of spendy but I envision us using it alot in the years to come! Baking cookies helping with dinner etc. A while back I was even using it for breakfast when he didn't want to sit in the high chair. He would stand at the counter and have a happy breakfast... it's worth checking in to!<br><br><a href="http://www.heirloomwoodentoys.com/The-Learning-Tower-pr-18248.html" target="_blank">http://www.heirloomwoodentoys.com/Th...-pr-18248.html</a>
 

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do you have a high chair that you could have in the kitchen so she could see what's going on?and maybe some crayons or washable markers while she's sitting in there?this works for us -sometimes.<br><br>
p.s. those learning towers are awesome if you have the room and the dough.i don't so i'm in the same boat as you.it's hard to cook when someone is pulling your pants down.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Why yes, it is hard to cook when you're being "pantsed!"<br><br>
Thanks for the link to the learning tower!! I've seen pictures of them before, and although we can't afford one now, maybe dh can build something similar.<br><br>
dd is at such an inbetween age right now (14.5 months)...I know, this too shall pass. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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