Kids Helping in the Kitchen
If your kids are off playing video games while you cook dinner every night, there’s a way to change that. You can get them in on the action and show them the benefits of healthy cooking in the kitchen. It’s a great opportunity to spend more time together, especially if everyone has busy schedules. These days, parents are working harder than ever and there are more distractions for kids as well. But the kitchen is the heart of your home and it’s the perfect place to bring everyone together. You can teach them lessons about cooking and nutrition that they’ll carry for the rest of their lives. You can form a stronger bond while taking care of a practical daily chore – cooking dinner.
Going to the Grocery – I remember when I was a kid, my mom would take me grocery shopping. It was fun to ride around in the cart and be in charge of organizing all of the boxes and cans of food. This is a wonderful opportunity to teach your children a few valuable lessons. You can show them why you choose to buy healthier food instead of junk food. You can also demonstrate the value of saving money and why a particular brand is preferable to a more expensive one.
Finding Recipes – the Internet is the best resource for recipes today. And chances are your kids are better at surfing the net then you are. Turn this into a family game where you hunt for recipes together. There are lots of sites you can browse and it won’t be long before you find something exciting to try. You can amass an online collection to form your own family cookbook filled with delicious ideas. If you want to take it one step further, you can even start up a blog that details your family cooking adventures.
Prep Work – this is a great way to get kids participating in the process while having them do work that actually helps. One of the reasons why people don’t cook as often as they should is all of the prep work it takes. This is where your kids can come into the picture because they can help with things like mixing, stirring, measuring, and cracking eggs. About the only prep work they won’t be doing is chopping, unless they are old enough to trust with a knife. And while you do the prep work together, it’s a great chance to teach your kids about nutritional information related to whatever food you’re working with.
The Cooking Process – kids can learn a tremendous amount of information simply from watching. So even at a young age, kids will benefit from watching you cook. As they get older, they’ll be able to replicate your routine and help out even more. Showing by example goes hand-in-hand with cooking whether you’re using a frying pan, a slow cooker, or an ice cream maker. If you can manage to make it look fun, your kids will want to do it too.
Setting the Table and Doing Dishes – these two tasks are important for every family meal, and there are great first lesson in responsibility. They are also things that kids can pick up quite easily so eventually you don’t have to supervise the process. It’s also a great way to show that cooking a family meal is a complete process. The fun part is eating the food, but you can’t have that unless you do the boring parts as well. No one really likes doing the dishes, but it’s just as important as the cooking process that made them dirty in the first place.
Phil Tobin writes for tendercookers.com, a site for home cooking enthusiasts and products reviews for kitchen essentials like the best stainless steel cookware.