Helping Kids be Independent in the Kitchen


This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #onthego

I’m moving slowly these days and my kids are picking up a lot of the slack. My house may not be completely presentable but my kids are getting pretty good at cleaning the kitchen, putting away laundry, and cleaning bathrooms. As moms though, we all have a tendency to feel guilty . . . and I’ve been worried that I’m putting too much on them.

My only hope is that their future wives will love me.

Since I’ve been so incredibly sick, cooking has been one of the tasks I’ve been delegating. My kids have been on breakfast and lunch duty for months and while they may not always make something I want to eat, they haven’t been starving. We’ve had to get a bit creative though to find things that they can all prepare themselves.

While my 10 year old is great about cooking a pretty wide variety of foods, he’s getting a bit burned out being responsible for feeding his brothers too. We need to start branching out and finding stuff my 8 and 6 year olds can make on their own too.

Jimmy Dean Pancakes on a Stick

When we had the chance to try out Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage on a stick I was all over that. We used to buy those all the time before I started revamping breakfast and cooking more foods from scratch but I remembered how much my kids loved them so I picked some up during our last trip to Walmart. This twin pregnancy is killing me though and scratch cooking is something that’s going to have to be put on hold for a while. 

Kids always go nuts about any food on a stick so mine were insanely excited when I told them what I brought home from the store. They’ve been living off cereal for the last few months (and my kids can polish off an entire box of cereal in a sitting) so they were ready for something new.

I’m still not eating much solid food these days but I was excited that they had something simple they could prepare for breakfast.

My 10 year old is the official cook so he got the first turn making his pancakes on a stick.

Jimmy Dean Pancake on a Stick


He had a very anxious little sister waiting. This little girl has realized that mommy doesn’t cook right now so when she’s hungry she hunts down her chef-in-training brother. Remind me to give that kid a raise in his allowance.

Jimmy Dean Pancakes & Sausage


She was a big fan.

Jimmy Dean

Jimmy Dean’s Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick were a huge hit with all my kids and may help me survive the second trimester. I’m sure someday we’ll go back to cooking from scratch but today is not that day.



Fortunately, in the meantime Jimmy Dean’s Pancakes and Sausage on a Stick makes for a really fun breakfast that they can make completely on their own.

Pancakes on a stick


What tricks do you have to give your kids more independence in the kitchen? 

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