An unschooling autism recipe for pumpkin pie

  1. Send baby out with dad to keep things calm.
  2. Clean the food messes at the kitchen table so that something gross and scary doesn’t end the whole deal.
  3. Listen and chat while she watches videos at the kitchen table and you do dishes.
  4. Don’t listen to certain videos that she can’t handle you being an audience to right now cause they’re too new or have jokes she’s not sure you’ll like.
  5. Feel gratitude when she decides to drag her learning tower over to the sink and help put things in the dishwasher.
  6. Predict that it’s too much for her to get off the learning tower and put dishes in the lower rack. Be at peace with that need.
  7. Be ok with the dishes being balanced awkwardly in the dishwasher. You’ll fix them later.
  8. Laugh when taking turns becomes a game: you do lower rack, she does upper.
  9. Finally ready to bake. Smile and say “oh cool” when her imaginary friends join in because it means she’s having fun with something new.
  10. Wait patiently with a cup full of flour when she goes to the other room to get more imaginary friends. Hope that you never forget that laugh when she says “oh, I hear Yoshi!”
  11. Let her stir the salt into the flour for sure. Take a picture of that beautiful content smile.
  12. Let her try to get the sticky shortening out of the measuring cup for you. Laugh and make silly jokes you know she’ll like when the shortening goes flying all over the room. Make the mess fun. Cross your fingers.
  13. Guide her hands to get the shortening out and realize you’ve chosen the wrong spoon.20171123_160141
  14. Let her use the pie cutter to cut the shortening into the flour. Tell her it’s like smashing Goombas. Be thankful you’re not afraid of screentime and have learned to join in her video games so you can use these analogies to open up the world.
  15. Tell her Mario and Luigi might be better at this because they are always stomping Goombas. Score one point for feminism.
  16. Encourage her to keep going the way she likes–making wacky jokes that you’re smashing goombas to smithereens! Even though these gamer jokes that delight in violence used to make you super uncomfortable.
  17. Be happy to take over when she’s tired.
  18. Have her pour in the teaspoons of cold water. This time it’s like Toca Nature and she’s pouring water on mountains and making lakes and rivers.
  19. Note to self that you really don’t know how to make pie crust in the first place but that’s cool.
  20. Let her try to roll out the pie dough even though the roller just sits there mostly. But Princess Peach is helping and you tell them (her and princess peach) they are strong together and have muscles. Score.
  21. Slide something that may be pie crust into the pie pan. She declares it looks like the cracks in the earth from earthquakes. Or zombie faces.
  22. She’s now done and you do the filling on your own.
  23. Be deeply grateful for this beautiful moment with your beautiful kid.

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Writer, Activist, Freelance Journalist

Isza Kerr

Artistic autistic who started writing down thoughts.

Mamautistic

I'm an Autistic mama blogging about memories and life.

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