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10 Teaching Moments from a Pregnancy Craving

When I was pregnant, I thought I didn’t have any pregnancy cravings. Yet looking back, I can definitely see some cravings and aversions that I overlooked (or just flat-out denied). I always wanted eggs and juice in the morning, and I could have lived on cupcakes and cheeseburgers in those last two month. (As for aversions, I still can’t eat mushrooms, raw sushi or tomatoes — all foods I loved before getting pregnant.)

Of course I tried to avoid the unhealthy cravings as much as I could.

Yet when I was baking with Noah last week, I realized that there are so many lessons to teach an older child while giving into your sweet tooth. And now that I have Noah, I can look at my pregnancy cravings as a way to bond and teach.

That’s my justification and I’m sticking to it.

So if you’re having some trouble avoiding the baked goods, here are 10 reasons to start baking (thanks to Pillsbury):

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  • 1. Following Directions 1 of 10
    1. Following Directions
    I had Noah do as much as he could. Amazing how well toddlers will follow directions with the promise of a treat.
  • 2. Responsibilty 2 of 10
    2. Responsibilty
    I also gave him responsibility throughout — like telling me when to stop pouring the oil and how many eggs we need.
  • 3. Counting 3 of 10
    3. Counting
    There's also such a blatant opportunity for counting, sorting and labeling.
  • 4. Coordination 4 of 10
    4. Coordination
    From cracking eggs to stirring the batter, it turns out that baking is a good way to practice those coordination and fine motor skills.
  • 5. Cooking Techniques 5 of 10
    5. Cooking Techniques
    It's never too early to get kids comfortable with cooking techniques and practices.
  • 6. Childhood Traditions 6 of 10
    6. Childhood Traditions
    Because we all licked the beater as a kid.
  • 7. A Sense of Accomplishment 7 of 10
    7. A Sense of Accomplishment
    He was so PROUD of what he had accomplished, especially because I gave him so much responsibility.
  • 8. Creativity 8 of 10
    8. Creativity
    Toddlers love any opportunity to create and decorate. Why not on a cupcake?
  • 9. Cleaning Up 9 of 10
    9. Cleaning Up
    ...and he thinks I don't see him sneaking some of that batter.
  • 10. The Joys of a Cupcake! 10 of 10
    10. The Joys of a Cupcake!
    And at the end of the day, your pregnancy craving is making someone VERY happy.

Thanks very much to Pillsbury for sponsoring this post and for providing Pillsbury products for me to have some fun with. Check out more posts in this campaign.

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