For Bettina Carlos, baking is a much more kid-friendly activity than cooking.
That’s how she got her daughter Gummy interested in food in the first place.
“Si Gummy naman, even when she was in my tummy, I was baking. Every day I would bake, I would take classes,” the celebrity mom said, chatting with a group of reporters during a recent mini cooking workshop.
“She started expressing interest when she was a little over one.
“She would pretend to be on a baking show and say, ‘This is our butter, and then put one cup of sugar! Then we put like that, like that!’
“I guess it’s because she sees the nature of my work, so she’s very familiar with it.
“I guess it also helped her develop that innate interest in her when it comes to food.”
Watching her daughter’s love for food develop throughout the years, Bettina realized that baking can be an effective way for parents to bond with their kids.
First of all, baking transforms the kitchen into a specialized classroom.
“Baking is good because it has math, it teaches the discipline of being precise, and reading also.
“You read to the child or when the child learns na how to read, the child can read the recipe. Checking if all the ingredients are correct, if all the measurements are correct…
“So aside [from] just a classroom where we learn, she also learns in the kitchen.”
It was also a much safer activity than cooking.
Bettina said, “Baking is better for kids than cooking because cooking has fire, has heat.
“Baking, you can mix with the kids and put it in a pan and then pop it in the oven.
“They don’t need to touch it.”
What was Gummy’s first baking task in the kitchen?
“First job niya is to pour milk. Every time I’d bake, talagang nandiyan lang siya.
“And then eventually she graduated from pouring milk to whisking some.
“Then most recently, master na siya in cracking eggs.
“So, she can crack eggs perfectly. Walang shells.”
The host-entrepreneur underscored, “It’s a life skill your child learns as they continuously do something with you like that, like working in the kitchen.
“Baking is a good starting point para ma-practice iyong discipline.”
On top of that, baking allows kids to run wild with their imaginations.
It’s a space where kids can be messy, and for Bettina, being messy shouldn’t be a bad thing.
She said, “Actually, I would suggest to moms that they just let kids be kids and let them explore.
“Our jobs as moms is to let our children go and discover their interests and explore, not to stop.
“We’re supposed to guide, so children are really messy by nature.
“If it’s messy, so be it. That’s how they learn.
“They need to use their hands, they need to explore, and they need to use their imagination.”