Parenting a little child is never easy, not even for those who share how beautifully well some things are working for them. At least not all the time. And that stands true irrespective of the age of the child and that of the parent. Irrespective of the gender of the child and that of the parent. Because it is always trial and error. It is always intuition based and rarely information based. It is always spontaneous no matter how many gentle parenting books one reads or articles one flips through.
Why is that the case when there is so much research which can actually be helpful if we apply it ? My view is that it’s because children do not want to follow a method, and that’s probably why even parents do not 🙂
Children do not want a parent who knows exactly what to do , how to do it or even one who responds with the right reaction each single time.
They want their parents to be individuals – who falter in their steps , who break down in tears when they don’t know how to handle it, who make mistakes in reacting to a situation.
The fault lines that we show in our behaviour is what allows a child also to be comfortable about his or hers.
And that’s why when my little boy decided that he didn’t want to colour and draw which he is reasonably good at, but to make a rangoli despite being too small to make it as neatly as the others, he did just that. Comfortable in his skin, with his work, with all its imperfections.
On that note, let me share one of the recipes that my little boy loves – My Wholewheat Jowar Spinach Crackers that you seen in the picture.
Served with Tomato Quinoa and Amaranth Coconut Stir-fry sides.
1 cup Wholewheat flour
1/2 cup Jowar flour
Salt and paprika to taste
1/4 grated cheese
3 tbsp fresh spinach puree
1 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp yoghurt
Warm water as needed
Method – Mix the first 4 ingredients well. Add the butter and rub it into the dry mix. Add the puree, yoghurt and melted butter. Mix well and add water as needed only to bring the dough together. Do not make the dough sticky.
Let it rest for 20 minutes. Preheat oven for 10 minutes at 170 degree c. Grease the baking tray. Cut shapes as per your requirement and place them on the tray. Bake until crisp , same temperature for 20 minutes.
Cool off and store in airtight container.