Single Parenting (Teaching Kids to Cook)

  • Teaching Kids to Cook!

    This is Len, author of “Adventures in Single Parenting”, and creator of the
    website,, and welcome to this video. This is another short
    story about the kids living with me. I learned the hard way that teaching kids
    to cook takes time and patience but is well worth the investment.

    Once again,when they came to live  with me, they were in early grade school,
    and I had a job; a very busy job. I worked outside the home initially, and so
    I used to get home around dinner time, and I would feel very rushed.

    I would feel like I needed to just sort of crash around and get dinner on
    the table, and get the kids fed and take care of the chores, et cetera,
    whatever needed to be done. The consequence of that is that I didn’t do a
    very good job of teaching my daughter or my son – I don’t mean to be
    prejudiced here – teaching either of the children to cook in the early
    years. If they offered to help in the kitchen, I sort of thought that,
    “Well, I could get it done faster myself, and I really didn’t need any help
    right now. So why don’t you go off and do something else? Play with your
    friends. Do your homework. I’ll take care of the cooking.”

    The consequence of that is just that they didn’t learn how to cook
    really well, and so one day my daughter decided that she wanted to make a
    grilled cheese sandwich, and she did. She made an open-faced, grilled
    cheese sandwich, in the toaster with Velveeta cheese. Now, if you can
    imagine that, you can imagine what this toaster looked like. The toaster
    was no more. One of the other things that I noticed when the kids started
    to try to cook for themselves from time to time is that they always had
    this illusion that they needed to turn the stove to high. For some reason,
    they were always trying to cook things fast, so they were really infamous
    for making burnt scrambled eggs and burnt grilled cheese sandwiches (that
    weren’t open-faced in the toaster) just by keeping the stove too high.

    Some of the incidents were really hilarious, though. I do look back on
    that, and I wish to myself that I had just spent more time in the early
    years letting them help me in the kitchen so that they had a better idea of
    what to do.

    Well, if you’re on YouTube and you like this video, go ahead and click “Like”
    and click “Share”, and if you’re on Facebook click “Like”, click “Share”, and
    better yet, go visit my website, and/or pick up a copy
    of the book, “Adventures in Single Parenting”. It’s available at Amazon and
    in Kindle and you’ll find links to it on my website.

    My wish for you is your children grow up healthy, happy, and
    are positive contributors to society. This is Len. We’ll talk again. Bye for now.


    Single Parenting (Kids and Pets)

    Single Parenting (Kids and Pets)


    Hello, there. This is Len Mooney, author of “Adventures in Single Parenting” and creator of the website, and welcome to this video. This is another one of my short videos about incidents that happened in my life, our life, as me and the children grew up together. I think I’ve told you in the past, the children came to live with me when they were in early grade school, and when they first moved in they started, “Dad, can we have a dog?”

    It turned out that, when I was a single parent, the neighbor across the street had a litter of puppies, and one of these puppies found its way home. It was a German Shepard/Labrador mix. It had all the markings of a Shepard and the temperament of lab, so it was a really, really great dog. It grew up to be a wonderful dog to have around the house.

    But somehow, somewhere along the line, around the time the puppy came home, a kitten came home too, and I honestly don’t quite remember how that happened. But a kitten came to live with us, so the dog and the cat grew up together, and for the most part, they got along extremely well. Now, I have to tell you one little incident that always stuck in my mind, and you have to sort of draw a picture in your mind now.

    You walked in the front door of my house and if you turned hard to the right, you went down a long, skinny hallway, where all the bedrooms and the bathrooms were, and etc. If you walked straight ahead, you walked into the living room, and if you did a left, 180 degree turn, you walked into the kitchen. If you kept walking through the kitchen, you ended up in the backyard.

    So, one day I’m sitting in the living room, and I hear this ruckus down the hallway at the very end of the hall. It’s obviously the dog and the cat playing. I’m not sure what’s going on. I’m just about to get up to investigate when suddenly down the hallway shoots this cat, running as fast as it can possibly go. It makes the turn into the kitchen, jumps on the kitchen table, races across the kitchen table, bounds off the table and out the backdoor.

    In hot pursuit comes 85 pounds of German Shepard, right across the kitchen table, after the cat. Now, can you imagine 85 pounds of German Shepard chasing a cat across your kitchen table? It was mind-boggling, and the dog of course would never have gotten on the kitchen table, ever. So this was clearly a mindless pursuit. In the emotion of the moment, he just chased that cat right out the backdoor.

    Now, I have no idea what the ruckus was all about, and sometime later the cat and the dog managed to return to the house, and they weren’t any worse for the wear, and fortunately the kitchen wasn’t any worse for the wear either. Well, I want to keep these short, so that’s all for today.

    This is Len, and if you like this video click “Like”. If you’re on YouTube, share it with a friend, and go ahead and visit my website, Better yet, pick up a copy of the book, “Adventures in Single Parenting”; I think you’ll enjoy it. It’s available on, and it’s also available at Kindle. As usual, my wish for you is that your children grow up healthy, happy, and are positive contributors to society. This is Len, we’ll talk again. Bye for now.


    Single Parenting: Making Tapioca Pudding

    Hey, good morning. It’s Len Mooney, the author of “Adventures in
    Single Parenting” and creator of the website  Welcome
    to this
    video.  Several people I know, friends of mine and others, have
    suggested I should start telling some stories about the kids growing up. So,

    I’m going to share some of my experiences and some of their stories.

    Here’s the first one I’d like to share with you. When my daughter
    was in early high school, she was taking a home economics class. So, well,
    she was learning to cook. So she came home one day, and she said, “Dad, I’d
    like to make tapioca pudding.” And I said, “Great. That sounds like a
    wonderful idea.”

    She said, “Well, where do I start?” I said, “Well, get the box of tapioca
    pudding out of the cupboard.”

    And so she did that. And she got it down, and she said, “Okay. Now what do I
    do?” I said, “Well, read the directions. Step 1. What does it say to do?”

    So she read Step 1, and told me what it said to do. And I said, “Okay,
    fine. Well, then do that.” And she said, “Okay.” And she did it. Then she
    said, “Okay. Now what do I do?”

    And I said, “Well, read Step 2 and do what it says.” And she looked at me
    indignantly, and angrily stomped her foot in pure frustration, and said, “Dad,
    I’m taking home economics. I’m not taking direction reading.”

    I just thought that was absolutely hilarious, and I shared her frustration.
    I understand sometimes reading directions is not fun. But nevertheless, I
    encouraged her to continue along the course of reading directions and
    assured her that that would go a long ways towards helping her become an
    absolutely marvelous cook in the future.

    That’s all for today. We’re going to keep these short. So, this is Len, and
    what I wish for you is that your children grow up and are happy and healthy
    contributors to society. I’m here to help you get there. We’ll talk again.
    Bye for now.