Basic cooking skills are becoming a lost skill these days. Most young adults barely know how to make mac and cheese, let alone cook a full meal As a mom, I know that evenings are hectic, all you want to do is get dinner on the table as quickly as possible, and the last thing you need is your kids underfoot, but they need to be! Hear me out.
When the kids are involved in the kitchen, they are:
- more likely to eat the meal. Want them to eat vegetables or try a new dish? Having them involved in the cooking process will at least ensure they try it!
- given the opportunity put math into real life application. Measuring ingredients, planning for the number of people who will be at dinner, and time are all practical math applications.
- more likely to talk to you about their thoughts, concerns, and share stories. Cooking together gives you quality time with your kids. There isn’t technology or television to distract anyone (hopefully). So be sure to ask questions,
- given a confidence boost. Kids love to help! They want to feel useful and contribute to the family. They also love to hear that they’ve done a good job. Having them be your sous chef makes them feel “grown-up” and they also want to hear that you like what they’ve prepared. As they get older, they will also be able to have dinner ready by the time you get home from work. What parent couldn’t use help around the house?!
So while it will be messier, a bit more time-consuming, probably frustrating at first, it will be well worth the effort!
5 Easy Ways Your Kids Can Help In The Kitchen
Wash the produce
Fill up the sink and a little white vinegar, give them a soft brush and let them wash the produce. A simple chore and most kids love to play in water.
Peel the vegetables
Have them peel the veggies for you to chop. It’s relatively safe, fun, and saves you time.
Let them be the mixer
My kids are the ones who mix the pancake batter, the spaghetti sauce, cauliflower rice, scrambled eggs, and anything else that needs to be mixed. This can get a little messy but that’s what a rag is for!
Add the spices/mixes
Let your kids add the spices to whatever you’re making, whether it’s from a packet or using a measuring spoon. I don’t recommend letting them pour them in from the bottle. That’s a disaster waiting to happen (and it’s definitely happened to me!).
Be your taste testers
Have them taste what you’re making, ask them if they think it is bland or just right. This gives them the opportunity to pitch in, learn flavors, and help make dinner delicious! It also doesn’t require any time-consuming “help” on their part. Win-win!
Now, this is not an exhaustive list, just the easiest ways to involve your kids. Do you have any other ways to get kids involved? Leave a comment below letting us know!