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post #16 of 64
I have a 6 year old and a pain in the neck 3 yr old. My 3 yr touched one of my cakes once.....lets just say she will NEVER do that again icon_smile.gif
post #17 of 64
ok.. i just saw my own post and that doesn't sound good. I wasn't that mean...I just have this look I give my kids and they know they are in big trouble. That look alone sends them to time out......
post #18 of 64
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Originally Posted by Chefperl

ok.. i just saw my own post and that doesn't sound good. I wasn't that mean...I just have this look I give my kids and they know they are in big trouble. That look alone sends them to time out......



Haha, that's funny. I know "The Look". My sister has seen mine and says I look mean but hey my son knows when he gets the look to stop whatever it is he's doing, I get "okaaay, I'm sorry"
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post #19 of 64
My youngest ( of 5 ) is 15 months old,i have a childproof gate across the opening of my kitchen so i can happily bake w/out worrying about her touching the oven & i usually leave the decorating 'til she's asleep or spending time with her dad icon_smile.gif
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post #20 of 64
Although I don't have a story to share about how you cope with little ones whilst doing cake, there is a silver lining with "helpful" little ones.....

Although I never did decorated cakes when my boys were little, I was a SAHM so they cooked and baked, licked and destroyed stuff in the kitchen with me from the time they were toddlers.
Now, they are grown men and both FABULOUS cooks who can do anything in the kitchen and have impressed fiancees and girlfriends with what they can cook and do in the kitchen. icon_smile.gif
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post #21 of 64
I too decorate until the wee hours of the morning. I work about 45 mins away so it's about 6:15 when I get home from work (if I'm lucky). By the time the little one (3) is fed and bathed, it's almost 8:30 and time to begin decorating. He really wants to help so every few weeks, we make cookies that he can help cut and decorate....we leave them out to dry (I toss them and make another batch b/c he usually coughed, sneezed or something over them) and enjoy them the next day. It helps, but doesn't remedy the situation.

I've resorted to tying belts onto the refrigerator door to keep him out when there's a cake in there. Last time he swiped his hand across a basketweave cake, I had to call my husband home from work. It would have been a sin for me to punish him - I was so angry!
post #22 of 64
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Originally Posted by crisseyann

icon_cry.gif I actually MISS the days when my kids (all grown up now) "helped" Mommy make cakes. Enjoy it, it doesn't last long. icon_sad.gif



Me too. When they were little I'd sit them on chairs around the table and tell them to sit real still and if I made any decorating mistakes with the icing they could eat them for me so no one would find out. Worked like a charm and of course mom made lots of mistakes!

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post #23 of 64
yes, i have 17 month old twin boys and i have to wait until nap and bed times to bake and decorate. which of course, keeps me up later than i like. i'm sure i will miss it when the boys are older. right now, they are my best customers! they love to eat mommy's practices!
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post #24 of 64
I have a 20 month old and a 4 year old (both girls). I too bake when they're awake and try to do most of the decorating while they nap or after they go to bed.

One thing I do with my 4 year old to keep her out of my hair is to let her decorate her own cake. I always bake an small extra cake with any left over batter (either a cup cake or a 4 inch round). I give her her own icing and let her create her masterpiece. She stays out of my "stuff" and will sit and decorate her cake for about an hour. And then you don't have to worry about them eating your cake - they have their own and they can touch, lick, or take a bite out of without any worry...
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post #25 of 64
A few months ago when I started getting busy (and learning as I go about how to make mmf), I had my hands full of mmf ( I don't use the mixer, I make it by hand) when my dd, age 3, started calling me from the bathroom "mommy I'm done!" I said "you wipe", she said "I can't", and so on, and so on, I ended up having to wash my hands, go in and wipe her (she knows how to do it herself, just when she feels like it). Afterwords, washed my hands again, and proceeded. She came in the kitchen and said "Mommy, I don't like you doing cakes. Because when I need to be wiped, you HAVE to come!!" what a little stinker!
Now, she's getting used to me being busy. A lot of times, I will give them (I have 3 kids, 8 and under) my scraps and some frosting and let em go to town on their own creations and eat those. It really seams to help them not poke my cakes!
post #26 of 64
I have a 4 yr old that is ALWAYS trying to leave his fingerprints on the sides of my cakes (In my gallery I have a few).The thing is that I never see him doing it.I usually wait till late at night when he's sleeping and I am more relaxed.
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post #27 of 64
There are some great ideas on this thread!
I have a 5 year old son and 3 year old daughter and I decorate and bake in the daytime while my son is at prep. I get my little girl to pass me the eggs while baking and when I decorate I will cut some extra pieces of the different coloured fondant and let her eat those. I also sit her down on the ground outside the kitchen and give her playdough and she makes little pretend cakes with it. Today she was making a present box cake just like I did yesterday! It was so cute I could have actually eaten it..playdough and all! icon_lol.gif
The only other thing that used to work was taking my kids out to a playground for 2 hours early in the morning and running them til they dropped, coming home and letting them watch a movie or do craft while I got my decorating done. Then in the afternoon, they had all my attention again and they never minded me working!
post #28 of 64
[quote] ( I don't use the mixer, I make it by hand) when my dd, age 3, started calling me from the bathroom "mommy I'm done!" I said "you wipe", she said "I can't", and so on, and so on, I ended up having to wash my hands, go in and wipe her (she knows how to do it herself, just when she feels like it).

mdutcher,oh how I feel your pain!!! icon_cry.gif
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post #29 of 64
My boys are 5 and 7 so if I leave cake tops out for them to sneak (they think I don't know) they are usually content to watch from a far. But when they were wee little ones and I was in the kitchen I had a few tried and true methods.
1. the tupperware drawer had no lock. All the rest were off limits so they thought it was great when they'd discover one open.
2. I'd set up a little stove, made up with buckets and the camping pots and pans. Insert raisins and cheerios and a couple rubber spatulas and I'd get a good hour before they were under foot again.
3. Once they were old enough not to eat it, I'd get out the playdough. Not something we do alot because it get's messy so it's still entertaining for a long time even now.
Other than that naps and bedtime are about the only time anything else would get done. crisseyann is right, I've already started missing my little helpers and I HATE to share the kitchen. icon_biggrin.gif
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post #30 of 64
Ok, must join in... I'm one of those mom's that stays up late after the kids are in bed. Yawn!!! Usually bedtime is around midnight or later depending on the project and if I had a chance to bake and at least crumb coat anything.

I'm a SAHM with 4 kids, a 6 1/2 year old, a just turned 5 year old, a just turned 3 year old, and an 18 month old that thinks she's up there with the 3 year old. Anyway, if I try to deco with them around I must have a separate bowl of icing for the little ones so I can dip spoons in over and over so they can have their 'lick mommy, lick... ' but then I feel bad because I'm giving them so much sugar, yet I keep some of my sanity. My 6 1/2 year old can't wait for the cake as he dislikes icing... he wants all my cake trimmings! My 5 year old, she only gets upset when she doesn't get the beater to lick off, then it's fight between her and the 3 year old. The 18 month old just sneaks in to swipe whatever she can,.. but somehow I've been lucky (knock on wood) that they haven't gotten a cake yet. However my 6 1/2 year old was throwing a ball in the house (mini-football), which is against the house rules... and I caught it just before it landed in one of my cakes. I'd love to say he's learned about not throwing the ball in the house but he hasn't, but he does stay clear when I'm decorating the cakes.

That's it for my horror stories... I count my blessings after reading some of these posts,.. all four of them! icon_biggrin.gif I feel for all of us moms! I'm right there with you ladies! I guess we just have to hang in there. My MIL always says 'This too shall pass.' and she's right.
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