Kids in the kitchen
In some households, mum or dad do all the cooking while the kids look on. In others, the kids are helping to prepare meals from an age when the most they can do is ‘help’ stir a cake batter. Sharing your kitchen with your child encourages an interest in cooking and food, and is the best way to encourage lifelong healthy eating habits.
Your child will learn all sorts of things when s/he’s in the kitchen with you – how to follow instructions; how to read a recipe; how to measure and weigh ingredients; how to use kitchen instruments with care; how to whisk, peel grate, fold and dice, just to name a few.
As s/he matures, being involved in preparing food for the family will help build self-confidence in your child as s/he learns to move confidently in the kitchen and make meal decisions on behalf of the whole family. Cooking with kids also provides the wonderful bonus of spending time together focussing on a shared task – this is often one of the best ways to casually catch up on each other’s life (something that can be pretty tricky to do when you have a teenager in the house).
Common Sense Advice. Share your experiences, tips and advice on the Kidspot Forum. This article was written by Ella Walsh for Kidspot.