Clear As Mud

Kids in the kitchen

We all know that the best learning method for kids is when it’s hands on, with actual experiences of getting down and dirty. For me, that’s always easier said than done. It is very hard for me to let go, embrace the mess and let the kids “help” me :).

Over the years, I have really worked on myself to be less rigid; enjoying the beautiful learning, and bonding, moments that occur when you let them into the kitchen. I still think it’s ok to say “no thank you” at times, as we all need personal space on occasion…. there is a time and place for everything! But I try to make a habit of asking myself why do I want to say no? Is it because I’m just lazy and it’s easier doing it myself or is it simply that I can’t handle the craziness in the kitchen at this very moment? 

Seeing their delight in their cooking/baking accomplishments, is something else. They are so proud of their successes and they enjoy the mom attention so much, that it really makes the mess and hours of cleanup worth it.  To see their smiley face as they take a bite of the muffin or Challah they just baked, is priceless. 

I always try to set up the space for maximum success, by placing a proper stool near the counter so they can reach and having the ingredients that we need, already out of the pantry, to minimize the running around :). I also really love this safe wavy chopping knife.

Most importantly, it’s all about our mindset: expect the chaos and try to have fun with your little humans!


Noah has cooked in a variety of kitchens and has studied many different cuisines, but his favorite meals to prepare are the ones that make his guests smile. Be it Thai, Italian, Caribbean or Latin, there is always a fun surprise waiting for you at meal time. Noah welcomes special requests and guests in his kitchen! Just stop by and say hi.

Yocheved Sidof is a social entrepreneur, psycho-mystical depth work facilitator, writer, educator, speaker, and activist. After a decade as a filmmaker and photographer, she founded Lamplighters Yeshivah, a grassroots, internationally acclaimed, progressive Chassidic Montessori school. Yocheved builds communities with healing at the center. Most recently, she founded Ohm’ek, an intentional collective focusing on meditation, embodied mysticism, and micro-retreats.

A lifelong learner, she’s completed extensive training in adaptive leadership, therapeutic coaching, and systemic change. She is currently in a two-year intensive training with Thomas Hubl, studying psycho-somatic-mystical models of healing personal, collective, and ancestral trauma. She also writes, consults, works 1:1 with clients, facilitates group transformational work, and regularly teaches Jewish spiritual studies.

Yocheved sits on boards supporting innovations in mental health awareness and self-transformation. She has studied Jewish mysticism and meditation extensively, including with Rav Katz since 2018, completing Elevation Teacher Training and sitting on his advisory board for over a year.

Yocheved, her husband, and five children live in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Come say “Hi!” if you’re in the neighborhood.