Why This Mother of Highly Sensitive Kids Loves Her Slow Cooker

My slow cooker is one of the best things I have ever bought. And I am saying that with my ‘mother of highly sensitive children’ hat on. Really. Bear with me. It totally saves the day when kids come home with a full bucket from school.

Why This Mother of Highly Sensitive Kids Loves Her Slow Cooker

Most parents of highly sensitive children (HSC) will tell you that those few hours after school are the toughest of the day. HSCs are exhausted from their day in busy classrooms and an overstimulating environment. I have three HSCs and on most school days I am walking on egg shells with them. They need my help. They need me on hand to remind them how to empty their buckets. They often need me with them to stop them from bickering, arguing and taking their overwhelming day out on each other.

I learnt the hard way that stepping away into the kitchen to make dinner paves the way for bucket spillage that is hard on everyone, not least me. After all preventing a spill is easier than mopping it up…..

And that is where my slow cooker (or crock pot) comes in. I get everything ready whilst the boys are in school and then put the slow cooker on. When we need dinner it’s there and I can be wholly present for my children when they come in – at a time they need me most.

A slow cooker is a great tool for those days when you know your child will need your help. You can use the free Happy Sensitive Kids bucket activity to help you plan ahead so you know when getting everything ready in advance will really pay off.

(For recipe ideas check out my Pinterest board or treat yourself to a slow cooker recipe book. This is a slow cooker recipe book I use regularly if you like spicy food and curries and one. If anyone has a recommendation for a good crock pot recipe book then please shout!

Over To You: What tools do you use to help you be fully present for your children when they come home with full buckets?



About Amanda van Mulligen

Mother, writer, author, blogger. Born British, Living Dutch. I have three Dutch sons and a Dutch husband and I blog about Turning Dutch and raising highly sensitive children.
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4 Responses to Why This Mother of Highly Sensitive Kids Loves Her Slow Cooker

  1. ofamily says:

    I have been thinking about buying one, for a similar reason as you. Although we homeschool we have some days where the kids are busy with activities late and we all get home exhausted and then to face cooking is just the last staw.


  2. Sarah says:

    I agree! Definitely an excellent idea to have nothing to prepare in the evening. On my very organized days I even lay the table. I find the less movements I have to do, the calmer they are. If I get distracted, which is so easy, I “lose” them.
    I will look at the cookbook with interest, thank you!

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