Mental Health

Baking as self-care (Self-Care Sunday #42)

Before I had Jenson I used to bake every now and then – mainly because I was stressed and/or procrastinating. I’ve wanted to try baking with Jenson for a while but I’m a bit anal about doing things a certain way and it sounded a bit too stressful for my liking. But with more and more rainy days, and with Jenson stuck at home not feeling well, I thought I’d give Rice Krispie cakes a whirl.

It turned out to be the most fun I’ve had with Jenson for a while. That’s not to say that he’s not a fun child but my highlight of the week used to be swimming lessons. I loved that half an hour we had together when my working week was over and it’s amazing to see him having fun and developing every week. While I’m unable to swim I want to find something else for us to do together and that might well be baking.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

This was an activity that Jenson could easily get involved with. Once I’d melted the chocolate, he could mix it in with the Rice Krispies with no mess and then I scooped the mixture into the cake trays.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

Then he was able to sprinkle hundreds and thousands over the top. This kept him occupied for quite a while and he kept looking up and saying “yum”.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

He didn’t have a paddy when I explained they had to set in the fridge (surprising given the meltdowns he has when we put paints away) and he was quite happy to go off and play with his toys while he waited. But not before licking the spoon. That’s always the best bit.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

Self-care, to me, is something that makes you happy – something that you do for you. But if that something also includes making someone else (Jenson) happy, then even better. Plus we were able to make an extra batch as a birthday present for my mum. Three birds, one stone. Everyone’s a winner.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

Oh, and they tasted pretty good too.

Baking with Jenson - Rice Krispie cakes

Do you involve others in your self-care?

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