Views on family life have come a long way since “Leave it to Beaver” or even “Married with Children”. With modern society growing and evolving, it is no longer just the mother who is seen slaving away in the kitchen. Now a days, more children are learning to cook and bake than ever before. Not only is this an excellent and useful skill to teach your child but it is a time where you can laugh, bond and explore your imagination and taste buds together.
For those parents who are a little bit on the controlling side, you will need to learn to let down your guard and allow your children to enter your domain and play with your toys in order for them to learn some lessons. It may be hard to watch them make a mess, or spill things when trying to measure, or even break an egg or two all over you nice clean floor. But this is how they learn. You need to be able to relax and just guide them. Try to refrain from doing things for them or they will never learn.
If you are ready to start cooking with children, there are a few steps that need to be taken first so this can be as easy a process as possible for both of you.
1. Make sure you know what you are going to cook beforehand. Go to the store and buy the necessary ingredients, including double of what may be needed to allow for mistakes and do overs.
2. Incorporate the KISS rule. This stands for Keep It Simple Silly. This is a great rule to follow as it will help immensely when you are trying to teach your child. Most children have short attention spans. While they may want to help mom cook, they also need to constantly be doing something new or else they will get bored and lose interest. If you use simple recipes when cooking with children, they will more than likely be able to do most of the steps and will remain engrossed in what they are doing to completion.
3.Cleaning as you go remains a solid piece of advice no matter who you are or how old you may be. This just makes the whole process of cooking seem like less of a chore and will not leave you feeling overwhelmed at the end when you see a pile of pots and pans, measuring cups, mixing bowls, flour everywhere, sauce on the cupboards, or potato peels on the floor. It is also a much easy mess to clean when you swipe wet compounds on the counter instead of dried and crusted spots from hours before.
You may leave a bit to do at the end so that you and your child can wash dishes together. This will teach your child that cleaning is also part of the process and is not so bad of a chore to do when you can chatter away to someone else who helps.
Cooking with children can be a wonderful way to have a fun day and deepen the bond between you. So, relax, call your child down from their room and tie on an apron and get cracking! Watch their face light up when Daddy or other brothers and sisters marvel at how yummy their food tastes. They’ll be bursting with pride.