Mom Teaching Son to Cook

Kids with you in the kitchen

Having children help in the kitchen is a great way to build skills and make time for them in a very busy world. For many otherwise brave adults, the mere idea of sharing the kitchen with a pint-sized helper is cause for some anxiety. Perhaps it's the visions of flour spilled or recipes ruined that cause this response. With a little training and supervision, however, the kitchen can become a place to enjoy special one-on-one time with your children and take advantage of the opportunity to teach your kids important lessons in a fun atmosphere. Consider the following advantages to be gained by having your children work in the kitchen with you.

Time with you

Time spent with you in the cooking arena is beneficial because you have the opportunity to teach kids important skills. Sometimes we forget that parents are their kids' best teachers. Sure, slowing down to show kids how to do something does take time-a commodity often in short supply—but it's worth it when you see the pride and practical skills your kids will gain.

What exactly do kids learn?

Kids can learn valuable, age-appropriate lessons that apply to more than just the kitchen. A few of the lessons that these activities will provide include:

  • Planning
  • Making choices
  • Value
  • Money and math skills
  • Responsibility
  • Safety and cleanliness
  • Family history

Planning meals and grocery shopping

If your kitchen experience starts at the grocery store, or even earlier when making the grocery list, your kids can learn about the process of planning ahead and buying what is needed for their recipes.
We've made it easy to get started. Just let your kids print out the ingredients to these simple recipes: Peanut Blossoms and Peanut Butter Logs. Then have your kids bring the list with them the next time you go to the grocery store. As you go through the aisles, they can look for each item by following the printed list. It's an easy way to get your kids interested in the kitchen!

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