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Why you should keep your fingers away from the mixer July 7, 2011

Posted by Judy in Musings, parenting.

I’m pretty sure you are sick of reading about my super awesome stand mixer. What can I say, it’s super awesome and it gets used alot! The babes love to stand and watch it work. I’m not sure why it’s so interesting to watch a blade whip about, but they seem fascinated. I DO have to constantly admonish them to “Stay back!” and “Keep your hands away!” and “Don’t touch!” Because they are 4 and 2.5, they will invariably ask, “Why?” This is a commonly asked question, and I have to admit, much of the times my answers are substandard! In this case, I would generally respond, “Because it’s not safe.” (Actually, I think that is my answer for many of their “Why” questions.) Anyway, yesterday, we had a little incident which brought home the importance of keeping your fingers away from the mixer.

We were making bread. The dough hook was in place, it was set to speed 2 (out of 10) and every now and then I’d add another 1/2 cup or so of flour. I was also sauteeing stuff on the stove and cooking some squash in the micro. One particular time, I went to add the flour, and I must have glanced away. Honestly, I don’t exactly remember what happened. I DO remember that there was a loud clanking sound as I was jerking my hand back and simultaneously realizing that the measuring cup was now being whipped around in the bowl. I quickly turned the mixer off, looked over at the babes, and was met with two sets of even-more-giant-than-usual eyes.

“Mommy! What was THAT?”

“The measuring cup.”

I figured this was a great teaching moment, so I pounced.

“So did you see what happened to the metal measuring cup? What do you think would happen to your fingers?”

The 4-year old didn’t miss a beat and said in a dramatic manner with sound effects:

“Break! Break! Snap!”

I’m thinking it’ll be awhile before they mess with the mixer again. At least a full hour or two=)


1. Perla - July 8, 2011

Oops! Thank God it wasn’t one of their fingers.

2. R - July 9, 2011

Excellent teaching moment! Way to go! 🙂

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