Sweet Pea Chef

A foodie mommy shares tips, tricks and stories from her kitchen as she seeks out more healthful and interesting meals.



Hetha's picture Hetha

Your memories of visiting your parents at work remind me of my childhood memories of going to college with my dad. He was in the navy when I was born, but by the time I was 5 he was a college student on a very small campus where I was always welcomed. Thanks for stirring those memories back up for me. I wonder if Liam will become a teacher?

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I'm glad I spurred on some wonderful childhood memories for you!  There is something magical about a parents' workplace--it doesn't matter what they do, a child is always in awe of it.

r_adrian's picture r_adrian

Nice to think back on childhood and remember how many things which seem fairly mundane now were full of wonder and interest at that age. A farm diorama with lights that go on when you press buttons! And tiny farm people with tiny tools! Simply magical!

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I know--I miss that perspective on the world. But that's the great thing about having kids--we get the chance to see magic again through their eyes.

gillie's picture gillie

I loved going to work with my mom as a child. She worked in various offices growing up, but the place I remember best was when she worked in the office that was part of the AT & T Bell phone store. I would get to "help" remove the old phone number tags behind the plastic number plate of each old phone that was returned to the store for a newer model. I knew the name of every product line they had. I think the Mickey Mouse phones were the most fun. Mickey's hand was the hang-up receiver and his arm went up or down depending on if the phone was hung up or not. Even though I was not a Mickey Mouse fan per se, how I longed to bring one of those phones home with me! (But alas, it was not meant to be.) I even got to stand on the picketlines during the strike and the breakup of Ma Bell into bite sized chunks.

I can only imagine how magical it was to go to your parents' classes as a child. How wonderful that you're able to give that same gift to your children!