Oh, a little tiny word with such power. The absence of patience changes the experience, as does the presence of it. Bringing it into the kitchen is the fundamental difference between a smiley kitchen and a grumpy kitchen in my house.
The kids know our buttons, and they know how to find them in a heart beat. Instead of focusing on the buttons getting pushed (or not), I suggest you focus on what you can control…you. Here’s my quick list of what we, as the adult helpers in the kitchen can do to set the right stage.