Hah. Once I went to a parenting workshop with ideas on activities you can do with kids, one of which being cooking. The speaker made the point that for some people, cooking with kids is just not their thing and you shouldn't feel bad if that is you.
However, I think perhaps your lack of familiarity with cooking is the problem. Perhaps you should practice a couple of simple recipes such that you feel completely in control when you make them. That means you can bark instructions at each stage allowing less opportunity for distraction and painting the cat with batter.
I think it probably is a better idea just to have one in at a time as well.
QUOTE (Fluster @ 04/02/2013, 08:29 PM)
I'm currently teaching 11 year old DS to bake and cook. I start well in advance and prepare myself for the mess. We made lamingtons yesterday. It looked like it snowed.
I attempted lamingtons once with a similar outcome.
This post has been edited by with the goo goose: 04/02/2013, 08:34 PM