Cooking is a Life Skill
It’s something that is encouraged all the time; it might get messy and it will require time and patience but, it will be worth it in the end! This spring start fresh and have your child learn some valuable skills, get them into the kitchen!
“What’s amazing is that many parents nowadays will feel it’s extremely important to ensure their children know how to play soccer, yet those same parents aren’t providing their children with the life skill of cooking from fresh, whole ingredients,” says Yoni Freedhoff, director of the Bariatric Medical Institute.
It’s important as parents that we incorporate cooking as a life skill, it’s imperative that they learn meals do not come from the freezer aisle or a box. It’s natural to think a young child alone in a kitchen full of sharp objects can be dangerous however, with proper guidance and supervision it’s very doable to include them in helping prepare a meal.
Kate Comeau, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada says ”Either they’re worried about safety, they’re worried about that their child can’t do it, they can’t help, or they’re just so crunched for time that they see it as a burden to show their children. They’d rather give them the iPad (and say) ‘Watch a movie and let me get supper on the table.”
A kitchen that is preparing a meal of any size has numerous tasks. Let it be reading a recipe aloud, washing vegetables, opening canned tomatoes, chopping an onion or garlic. With some guidance and encouragement children can help in preparing daily meals. Not only will they enjoy helping with the cooking, they will be proud of what they helped prepare for the family.
Here are some great springtime recipes that are perfect for feeding hungry families and are ideal in bringing kids into the kitchen.